Berlinetta (from Italian: berlinetta; Italian pronunciation: [berliˈnetta]) is an especially sporty form of coupé. Typically a two-seater, the type may include 2+2s.

The original meaning for berlinetta in Italian is “little saloon”.[1]

Introduced in the 1930s, the term was popularized by Ferrari in the 1950s. Maserati, Opel, Alfa Romeo, and other European car manufacturers have also used the Berlinetta label.

In North America, Chevrolet also produced a version of the Chevrolet Camaro called the Berlinetta, from 1979 to 1986. The model offered European styling touches to emphasize the interior rather than the performance of the car, which had long been the main selling point of the Camaro.


  1. Laban, Brian. The Ultimate History of Ferrari. Bath: Parragon, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7525-8873-5.
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