This little coupé, built by Vignale coachworks in the mid-sixties, was based on Fiat 1300 Berlina (sedan) chassis and engine. It was a cheap way to stand out of the crowd thanks to Michelotti’s design.
The fifties were troubling times for coach builders that built their models by hand. Many, like Saoutchik in France, were forced to stop while others survived by specializing to design or expanding and mechanizing their production. But Vignale stayed put, slowly shifting from single orders to increasingly larger series. Especially the designs based on the Fiat 600 and the van versions of the Fiat Multipla must have been rather popular.
Around 1960 Giovanni Michelotti, who always designed for other coach builders as well, slowly concentrated on larger projects while Alfredo Vignale took the road of expanding into more mechanized mass production. Thus in August 1961 the carrozzeria moved to their new premises in Grugliasco, just outside Torino. The new factory in Grugliasco Here, production really started. The last Lancia Appias, the Flavia, the Maserati 3500 GTV and Sebring, and of course the Fiats that were later even produced under Vignale's own name.
The economic decline forces of the late sixties appeared in the end too strong for small coachbuilders like Vignale. The relatively small scale production, quite labour intensive even for that time, made Vignale cars too expensive to attract the large production needed to survive. Alfredo Vignale had to give up and sold the firm to De Tomaso who used the premises to accommodate Ghia's production of the Pantera.
This Vignale has been restored in recent years (2014 - 2019). The car has all the special details, such as the original Nardi steering wheel and the fuel cap that can be opened from the inside. The Vignale has a Italian registration`and is easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes and we can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.