Vignale

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1951 Ferrari 212 Vignale coupe
The Vignale designed Tatra 613.


Vignale was an Italian automobile coachbuilder company. Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale was established in 1948 at Via Cigliano, Turin[1] by Alfredo Vignale (born 1913) in Grugliasco, near Turin (Torino).

The first body on a Fiat 500 Topolino base was made in 1948, followed by a special Fiat 1100. Most customers were Italian firms such as Cisitalia, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Lancia.

In 1952, Vignale collaborated with Briggs Cunningham to jointly produce the Continental C-3.[2] In 1968, Vignale designed the body of Tatra 613.

Vignale designed and built cars, usually low volume variants of the main production cars of these automobile manufacturers. Amongst them were 850, Samantha, Eveline and the Vignale Gamine, based on the Fiat 500.[3]

A close cooperation was maintained with Giovanni Michelotti.

Vignale was taken over by DeTomaso Automobili (owned by Ford) in 1969[1] and ceased to exist in 1974. Aston Martin produced a concept car called the Lagonda Vignale at the 1993 Geneva motor show. Aston were, at the time, owned by Ford who in turn also own Ghia which is how the name came to be revived. Also Ford used Vignale name in Ford Focus Vignale concept car introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show,[4] the production model was named as Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet.

In September 2013, Ford of Europe announce plans to resurrect the Vignale name as an upscale luxury sub-brand of Ford.[5] The cars will be visually distinct from regular Ford products and have an improved dealership experience. Exclusive services, such as free lifetime car washes, will be offered as well. The first Ford model to receive the Vignale name will be the 2015 Ford Mondeo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ABOUT CARROZZERIA Vignale". geocities.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  2. ^ Cotter, Tom (11 March 2011). "Italian Flair and American Muscle". New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "The History of the Fiat Gamine". geocities.com. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "2004 Ford Focus Vignale". conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Ford to reveal Vignale sub-brand with special Mondeo in Frankfurt [UPDATE]". Autoblog. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

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