A funny FIAT...
In 1956, Gianni Agnelli commissioned to Pininfarina a special vehicle based on Fiat 600. The idea was to build a car service for guests of the Villa Leopolda, one of the summer residence of the Agnelli family.
Built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium, Villa Leopolda is always the most beautiful residence of the Cote d'Azur and is strategically located on the heights of Villafranche-sur-mar, Villafranca marittima from 1861 to 1945 under the italian House of Savoy. (The property was purchased in 2008 by a russian oligarch for 750.000.000$). The special 600 was called the "Eden Roc" as the promontory overlooking Cap d'Antibes. Guests of the Villa Leopolda, therefore, could visit the beautiful park, boasts of Donna Marella, but well cared for throughout the year by 50 gardeners, or be accompanied in a cove for a swim. This vehicle was derived from a platform of Fiat 600 multipla, which retains only the mechanics and the grille and curiously hasn't the Pininfarina's badge, but the legendary flags crossed only. The interior, inspired by those of a motorboat, are in teak as well as the planks on the sides and bumpers. In the late '60s, this car was taken to the Lingotto in Turin and replaced the Fiat 1900 Cabriolet Boano used by Prof. Valletta to lead guests to visit the factory. My father (employed in FIAT at that time) had the opportunity of a ride, sitting in front though. The car turned out to be very inconvenient for visitors, perhaps at the Villa Leopolda was equipped with pillows, because the seats were hard and there were no handrails to hold on while standing on mythical helical flights of Lingotto. And in case of rain could not get to the track on the roof because there was no canopy. Some evil said that Gianni Agnelli reserved it for the "unwelcome personality". However several times he drove it, up and down the factory. The car moved to Mirafiori and was later shelved and sold. Purchased by an american collector, the picture seems happy, has been restored in their original colors and presented to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2006. This is a very funny car!
Last edited by PG1964; 01-18-2010 at 08:13 AM.