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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 08:47 AM
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I'd love to see it...

Thanks for the story and photos, I'd love to see that car. But I don't want one.

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Why does that remind me of a Chevy Corvair Pick-up?

Very interesting car!

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Why does that remind me of a Chevy Corvair Pick-up?
...that shrank in the laundry.

PG1964; Interesting story and great pictures. Thanks.

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Corvair, maybe.

I was thinking more along the lines of a Mini Moke.

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Here is the preproduction model of it as displayed at the Pininfarina design museum:
Turin :: IMG_0476.jpg picture by thadkirk - Photobucket
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Does anyone have an idea of this cars or a like cars value? Production numbers?
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They made the ONE of this. No way to establish value.
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I have been lead to believe that there is another one here in So.Cal. and I was asked to abtain info on it. It is currently not restored so I'm trying to find as much info as I can.

I'm thinking that maybe this is the same one being restored. Anyone know what it may have sold for to the American that bought it and brought it to the USA?

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I apologize in advance for digging up this zombie thread, but I was hoping some more information may have come to light since the last post.

I can confirm that there are, in fact, two Eden Rocs in existence, one in the possession of a Reno-based Pininfarina collector in the picture above and the other in the possession of a private collector in southern California, which was recently restored. There are rumors of a third car residing in Florida, but they are unconfirmed at this point.

I'm researching the Eden Roc for a feature story in Motor Trend Classic magazine and would appreciate any additional information anyone would be willing to share on the car.

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Very nautical... from the U shaped wood slat cockpit to the wood laminate rubrails and bumpers.
Needs a mast.

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Recent pics. taken from someone here?


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It's almost comical that it took so long for collectors to recognise that such cars are a work of art! I only wish I had the money to roam the world looking for these treasures years ago, as do many of us. The price of individually has x 10 over the last decade.
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Recent pics. taken from someone here?.
not mine, but looks like Palos Verdes 2010

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