Rad van Time and 1998 Citroen Berlingo Carao, by Sbarro

Today’s rare rides began as a standard and less entertaining Citroen Berlingo van, then thoroughly edited by Sbarro into a windsurfing-oriented beach vehicle.

Visually speaking, there is a lot to handle.

The Berlingo was launched in the 1997 model with its twin Peugeot Partners. In the first generation of Berlingo, two body styles were available: a small 4-door or 5-door panel van and a 5-door “leisure activity vehicle”, the European name for short wheelbase vans like the Ford Transit Connect.

Power was supplied via an in-line 4-cylinder engine sized from 1.4 to 2.0 liters. There were also some examples of EVs sold as Berlingo Electric. In very European fashion, all vans were equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. Its dimensions were tidy and the Berlingo was only 162.8 inches long. Looking at it, Berlingo was completely 21 inches shorter than the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze.

Berlingo and his partner made a special model change in 2003 and lived for a very long time in the first generation. The first sales continued in Europe until 2013 and also in Argentina. today. They love the ancient Berlingo.

Immediately after its release, Italian car designer Francos Vallo dreamed of a funky concept version of Berlingo for a very specific audience, the windsurfers. His Swiss company, Sbarro, got to work and rethought Berlingo almost completely. Doors and roofs have disappeared, and the former has been replaced by hollowed-out panels to hold windsurfing boards and trinkets. The roof has been changed to a connected roll bar setup and a roof rack has been added to hold additional equipment. Up to 6 windsurfers were sitting in teal and banana-colored seats. The rear cargo area provided two additional jump seats.

The exterior continues to have a teal / banana color scheme, and the front is fitted with a decorative silver plastic brush guard to further enhance the off-road sand adventure atmosphere. The drop-down tailgate at the back wore the same perforated aesthetic as the brush guard. With no roof or windows behind the windshield, Karao guaranteed a windy driving experience.

NS very Karao in the 90’s was in the hands of Peugeot Citroen at the Adventure Museum. PSA has decided to decimate the collection in 2020, selling Calao without registration and providing a disclaimer for not being used on a regular basis. That wasn’t a joke, as Karao accumulated only 363 kilometers in 2020.It was sold for $ 26,000..

[Images: Sbarro]

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Rad van Time and 1998 Citroen Berlingo Carao, by Sbarro

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