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Carrozzeria Vignale
Founded1948, Turin Italy
FounderAlfredo Vignale
Servicesautomotive design, coachbuilding
OwnerFord Motor Company

Carrozzeria Vignale was an Italian automobile coachbuilder company. Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale was established in 1948 at Via Cigliano, Turin[1] by Alfredo Vignale (1913–69) in Grugliasco, near Turin (Torino).[2]


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.[3] A close cooperation was maintained with Giovanni Michelotti,[4] who in 1959 opened his own design studio and in 1962 definitely concluded the cooperation.[5] Also Rodolfo Bonetto designed a couple of cars in the early 1950s before moving to Boneschi. Later Vignale designs were created by Virginio Vairo.[6] 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.[7] In 1968, Vignale designed the body of their last prototype, Tatra 613. Vignale was taken over by De Tomaso in 1969[1] who already owned Carrozzeria Ghia. Shortly after selling, Alfredo Vignale died in a car crash on November 16, 1969.[5] Both coachbuilder firms were sold to Ford in 1973 but the Vignale brand was discontinued.

At the 1993 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin, at the time owned by Ford, produced a concept car called Lagonda Vignale. Ford then used the Vignale name in the Ford Focus Vignale concept car introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show,[8] however 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.[9] 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.

On 1 March 2016 Ford of Europe announced a Kuga Vignale Concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show[10] where the company also announced the line-up of Vignale products, Ford S-Max Vignale, Ford Edge Vignale and Ford Mondeo Vignale five-door models debut alongside Ford Kuga Vignale Concept, offering a vision of the future of upscale SUVs as well as revealing Vignale Ambassadors and the signature Vignale collection.[11]


List of cars designed and bodied at Carrozzeria Vignale or coachbuilt to a third-party design.[5]

1951 Ferrari 212 Vignale coupé
1953 Ferrari 375 America with bodywork by Vignale
Fiat 8V Vignale Coupé
The Vignale designed Tatra 613 prototype
Tatra 613 Coupé Vignale
Vignale Gamine by Alfredo Vignale

Notable designers[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ABOUT CARROZZERIA Vignale". Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Alfredo Vignale". Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. ^ Cotter, Tom (11 March 2011). "Italian Flair and American Muscle". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Elenco delle Vetture progettate da Giovanni Michelotti conosciute al momento". (in Italian). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Vignale, Alfredo Zanellato (2009). Vignale con Michelotti Designer. ASI. p. 66.
  6. ^ a b "The Maserati Mexico: Modena's conquest of the New World". Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  7. ^ "The History of the Fiat Gamine". Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  8. ^ "2004 Ford Focus Vignale". Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  9. ^ "Ford to reveal Vignale sub-brand with special Mondeo in Frankfurt [UPDATE]". Autoblog. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Ford of Europe Press Release Geneva Motorshow 1-mar-2016".
  11. ^ "Ford Expands Upscale Ford Vignale Line with Four New Models, Exclusive Concierge and Travel Services".
  12. ^ "Vignale Lancia". Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  13. ^ "1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 2000 Coupé by Vignale". Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  14. ^ Tabucchi, Maurizio (2003). Maserati: The Grand Prix, Sports and GT cars model by model, 1926-2003. Milano: Giorgio Nada Editore s.r.l. p. 246. ISBN 8879112600.
  15. ^ "Maserati Mexico Registry". (in French). Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  16. ^ PALMIERI, LEONARDO. 1500 coupe Vignale. Fiat Concord Argentina. ISBN 978-987-86-6277-0.
  17. ^ "Fiat 125 coupé Samantha Vignale". (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Vignale Matra M530 Sport". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Vignale Interceptors". Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Vignale Jensen FF 119/004". Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Vignale's Jensen Nova". Retrieved 4 December 2020.


  • Vignale, Alfredo Zanellato (2009). Vignale con Michelotti Designer. ASI.

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