As you might be able to notice, the Tapiro looks quite a bit like the De Tomaso Mangusta, which is a car so visually arresting that you want to handcuff yourself to it. Little wonder, then, that the Tapiro is a seriously pretty bit of kit. It is also about the wedgiest that Porsche has ever been – and please do argue that point in the comments if you think we’ve missed something.
Unlike so many of the gorgeous concept shapes you tend to see at motor shows, the Tapiro was designed from the outset to work as a road car.
It was based on the engine and running gear of the Porsche 914/6. That meant a mid-mounted flat six engine, rear-wheel drive and independent suspension – but instead of the 108bhp on offer in the 914, the Tapiro had closer to 220bhp and would do 152mph. It was a genuine, roadworthy supercar.
And this is quite important to its final fate.