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Vignale

Vignale

Alfredo Vignale was born in 1913. At the age of 17 he worked for Stabilimenti Farina, then managed by Giovanni Farina, the older brother of Battista "Pinin" Farina.

He became an allround technician and his first steps in coachbuilding started at the age of 33 when he traded an old motorbike for a Fiat Topolino. The rusty coachwork of the Topolino was replaced by an aluminium body. A second body for a Topolino was made and this one got attention from the English 'Autocar' magazine.

In 1948 the Carrozzeria Vignale was founded at Via Cigliano, Turin and became a well known Italian coachbuilding company. Vignale designed and built cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia and many others. For the design he often relied on his friend and former colleague at Farina, Giovanni Michelotti.

Alfredo Vignale also started producing cars under his own name. In 1961 he opened a factory near Fiat's Mirafiori factory in Crugliasco, Turin. The Vignale logo shows the famous church in Turin.

In December 1969 Alfredo sold his Carrozzeria Vignale to DeTomaso Automobili. DeTomaso, like the Ghia Studios, already belonged to Ford's Italian product development group. Carrozzeria Vignale, being a very modern factory, was used to built the mid-engine DeTomaso Pantera sports cars.

Three days after having sold his company, Alfredo died in a car crash while driving a Maserati.

It is a big shame the Vignale name (like the Ghia name) is now degraded by Ford into a modelname addition for the Ford Focus 'Vignale' manufactured by... Pininfarina.

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Vignale Cisitalia 202 CMM 1947-48

Vignale Cisitalia 202 CMM 1947-48

  • Designer: Dante Giacosa and Giovanni Savonuzzi
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Nr produced: there are 4 similar cars: 2 in red ( 2 port holes and 4 port holes) and 2 in silver (4 port holes, no port holes)
Vignale Cisitalia 808XF 1952

Vignale Cisitalia 808XF 1952

  • Designer: Giovanni Savonuzzi
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Nr produced: 6 (1 convertible)
Vignale Ferrari 250 Europe Coupé 1953

Vignale Ferrari 250 Europe Coupé 1953

  • Designer: Vignale/Michelotti
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Ferrari 250 Europa
  • Nr produced: 1
Vignale Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake 1965

Vignale Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake 1965

  • Designer: Bob Peak
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: 1965 Ferrari 330 GT
  • Nr produced: 1
Vignale Fiat 1100 Coupe 1953

Vignale Fiat 1100 Coupe 1953

  • Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Fiat 1100
  • Nr produced: 2
Vignale Fiat 8V Coupe Michelotti 1955 #106*000066

Vignale Fiat 8V Coupe Michelotti 1955 #106*000066

  • Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Fiat 8V
  • Nr produced: 1
Vignale Jensen Nova 1965

Vignale Jensen Nova 1965

  • Designer: Alfredo Vignale
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Jensen Interceptor
  • Nr produced: 1
Vignale Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupe 1952

Vignale Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupe 1952

  • Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Lancia Aurelia B52
  • Nr produced: 5
Vignale Lancia Aurelia B52 Spider 1953

Vignale Lancia Aurelia B52 Spider 1953

  • Designer: Vittorio Jano
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Base car: Lancia Aurelia B52
  • Nr produced: 1
Vignale Maserati 3500 GT Special Spyder 1960 #101.504/C

Vignale Maserati 3500 GT Special Spyder 1960 #101.504/C

  • Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
  • Coachbuilder: Vignale
  • Nr produced: 251
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