Journal: What Is Your Favorite Wedge Car?

What Is Your Favorite Wedge Car?

By Josh Clason
August 2, 2013

I have to admit, I have been on a wedge kick of late. After getting up close and personal for the filming of the Ferrari 208 GT4 recently, I have been finding myself taking a closer look and gaining a deeper appreciation for the design.

Picking my favorite from all of the amazing wedges that have been produced from the ’60s to ’80s is hard. There are few cars that have literally stopped me in my tracks when I have seen them in person and two of those cars were wedges. The first being the Lamborghini Countach and the second is the BMW M1. I almost always side with anything BMW but the sheer amount of influence the Countach had over my the development of my love for cars is hard to ignore. I submit both of them to you as my favorites.

Do you have a particular favorite?

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Leon Prinsloo
Leon Prinsloo(@leonpmu)
4 years ago

For me the BMW M1 and then the whole Pinifarina designed 308, 512BB, Testarossa/512TR etc.

Lamond Jack
Lamond Jack(@xclusivegarage)
8 years ago

Lamborghini Countach First!
Maserati BORA second!

Thanos Ts
Thanos Ts(@foxhound)
8 years ago

DeLorean of course…. not the best car but the coolest for sure….

8 years ago

I remember people being scandalised by the pronounced wedginess of the W201 Mercedes 190 when it came out. It doesn’t look so noticeable now, but that’s because it set the trend to design all sedans this way. Still love that design.

Adrian Burke
Adrian Burke(@yvr-r35)
8 years ago

Lancia Stratos and Triumph TR8.

james king
james king(@jimbo1812)
8 years ago

I would have to add the TVR Tasmin 350i’s

8 years ago

Why is it nobody has mentioned the TR7;)

8 years ago

CRX! 🙂

8 years ago

Do you folks remember Dome Zero?
I vote for Stratos, personally.

Derek Entesano
Derek Entesano(@fb_571286788)
8 years ago

The Carabo certainly qualifies!

Umberto Sconfienza
Umberto Sconfienza(@sconfumberto)
8 years ago

lotus esprit, lancia stratos and lamborghini miura

Jan Thibau
Jan Thibau(@fb_653812194)
8 years ago

Alfa Romeo 75

Jani Hottola
Jani Hottola(@finlandese)
8 years ago

Well, I like my Esprit S2…
Here´s a little video about it:

Nikola Velikov
Nikola Velikov(@nikson)
8 years ago

Lancia Stratos & Maserati Khamsin

David Czy
David Czy(@floyd)
8 years ago

if it counts as a wedge, the diablo…..

Andrew Adams
Andrew Adams(@fb_100000236092831)
8 years ago

I’ll go with the Bertone Zero concept. Very very polarizing in person, also very very strange to sit in.

8 years ago

Lotus Esprit S1, Countach, Fiat X1/9

Graham Lawton
Graham Lawton(@grahamelawton)
8 years ago

Lotus Esprit S1 – it is the wedge! Like a folded piece of paper….
2nd? Dino/Ferrari 208/308 GT4

Steve Jain
Steve Jain(@jainbaby)
8 years ago


Aaron Venable
Aaron Venable(@aaronvenable)
8 years ago

FC3S RX7 is my wedge of choice

Kostadin Kostadinov
Kostadin Kostadinov(@fb_1387248999)
8 years ago


Anders Holmberg
Anders Holmberg(@f1superswede)
8 years ago

Stratos without a doubt!

Maxim Bosboom
Maxim Bosboom(@maxim)
8 years ago

Fiat 130 coupe

8 years ago

M1. Since it basically is a Lamborghini body (briefly!) with an awesome and reliable engine, it may have been the first practical super car. The first gen Lamborghini is gorgeous to look at, and probably is the most striking wedge design, later cars not so much with flares and spoilers. The lotus esprit is nice too, till you look inside! All that puffy leather. The stratos is perversely beautiful,like a shiny pair of brass knuckles.

Claudio De Ascentiis
Claudio De Ascentiis(@dinogt4)
8 years ago

I think the strato’s is the best wedge car ever made… However I own a 308 GT4 and I am just in love with it. 🙂

Jake DePierro
Jake DePierro(@jdep)
8 years ago

Couldn’t agree more. For me, M1 and Countach take the cake for wedges.

belles classiques
belles classiques(@bellesclassiques)
8 years ago

The Lamborghini Bravo (concept car) [url=””]Lamborghini Bravo[/url] and for second choice 😉 Lancia Stratos and last choice Maserati Khamsin…too difficult to choose only one !

Brett Evans
Brett Evans(@evans-bt)
8 years ago

Between the two, it’d be hard to deny my Bimmer-phile roots, but I just can’t say no to how silly and awesome the Countach is.

If we’re including interiors, can we get a slow-clap for the Subaru XT?
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Damian Solorzano
Damian Solorzano(@damian)
8 years ago

The Dome-0 from Japan. While its styling was definitely aping the Stratos, its powertrain was from the Z and dang, it was pretty…..

Terrence Dorsey
Terrence Dorsey(@tpdorsey)
8 years ago

Stratos is the king of wedge. This shouldn’t even be a question.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman(@fb_1293493178)
8 years ago

countach certainly.

also the first gen lotus esprit, william town’s aston martin lagonda

Andre Paixao
Andre Paixao(@fb_100000320163222)
8 years ago

When I post its gotta be to talk about one of 2 things:
1º – How much VW cars are boring;
2º- The love I have for Citroëns, especially for the BX.

Being clear ’bout that, want wedge? The BX was design by Marcello Gandini (as the Lambo Countach and others…)

So look… ITs the AWESOMENESS

Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster(@fb_100002929454700)
8 years ago

Your money? Stratos (but I’m too big) and S2 Esprit.

My money? TR-7/8 and the X/9.

If the late ’70s cars get smog-exempted in CA, I’d have a hard time keeping from doing either a Honda-engined X/9 or a (I will find a way!) Alfa V-6 powered TR-7 roadster. With bigger brakes.

Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott(@fb_1649760111)
8 years ago

A 3rd-gen Honda Prelude with the optional four wheel steering. So much fun.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago

I would go with the 308 GT4. I prefer the later ‘series 2’ versions to the 208 in the film with the full width front grille and 5 spoke Cromadora alloys. In fact I’m off to surf the classifieds now.

Michael Corleone
Michael Corleone(@fb_1040007543)
8 years ago

Definitely the Pantera

Adam Holter
Adam Holter(@aholter90)
8 years ago


Lon Thompson
Lon Thompson(@lgt)
8 years ago

Not a production car but my alltime favorite from this era was the Lamborghini Bravo showcar. I don’t know how to attach a photo but a quick google search will show you why I love it.

Yanick Kuper
Yanick Kuper(@yanick-kuper)
8 years ago

I ran into an Isdera Imperator on Tuesday! One hell of an impressive wedge car. Stands out from an already impressive crowd.

Denis Porokhniak
Denis Porokhniak(@fb_100000440958662)
8 years ago

Maserati Merak certainly deserves a mention.

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows(@giannib)
8 years ago


Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago
Reply to  Gianni Burrows

I second that.

8 years ago

Difficult one. It’s either the Fiat X1/9 or the Matra Murena. Both affordable, so I actually have a chance of owning them, and both stunning little machines.

8 years ago
Reply to  Josh Clason

I tend to gravitate towards the cheaper end of the scale too, but plan builds and modifications that cost multiple of what the cars are worth. With the Matra I’d see if I could source a turbo from a Peugeot 505 as I believe they had the same Simca base engine. For the X1/9, I’d see whether I could swap in a hot Fiat Twincam, maybe from a late Lancia Thema or something Abarth-related. Both relatively simple modifications as my plans go.