Italian woody: 1951 Lancia Aurelia B51 Giardinetta by Viotti

Even in Europe, in the late 1940s, the long wave of cars built with metal and wood arrived, a style dictated mostly by Chrysler and Ford since the early 40’s. Italy in those years had a strong commercial exchange with the United States (its main customer for many goods) and the American continent in general,… Read More Italian woody: 1951 Lancia Aurelia B51 Giardinetta by Viotti

1 Man, 1 Car, 22 Months, 38 Countries, 45,000 Miles: Franco Nacci

Taking a car trip like the one described below would make you heroes nowadays. Doing it 70 years ago, alone, without satellite phone, gps, air conditioning, asphalted roads driving a Fiat 1100, seems an almost superhuman feat just for having thought of it. The author of this driving company around the world was Franco Nacci,… Read More 1 Man, 1 Car, 22 Months, 38 Countries, 45,000 Miles: Franco Nacci

Green light: 1956 Fiat 1100-103 “Giardinetta” by Viotti

One of the best sellers of fiat was the model 1100-103 produced from 1953 up to 1959, it had reliable chassis, engine and good brakes so it became very popular among coachbuiders. One of those was Vittorino Viotti who already made many customizations starting from a mass prduced Fiat: he built the “Giardinetta” (it was… Read More Green light: 1956 Fiat 1100-103 “Giardinetta” by Viotti

New entry: 1960 Lancia Appia Giardinetta by Viotti

Ok that’s the first time that we realize that Viotti made a Giardinetta coachbuild also on the Lancia Appia platform. Indeed we wrongly believed that Viotti has built Giardinetta’s (Viotti’s trade mark for the station wagon bodies) only on Fiat platforms but just for this reason we have a further proof that in the classic cars… Read More New entry: 1960 Lancia Appia Giardinetta by Viotti

Italian nomad: 1957 Fiat Giardinetta “Sleeping” by Viotti

This 1957 Giardinetta Viotti “Sleeping” is basically the italian, small equivalent of the american Chevy Nomad, as a two door station wagon. Back then, this car had quite a good selling success as it was the ideal car for the big families where the baby-boomers were growing. However, it was not a cheap car: it… Read More Italian nomad: 1957 Fiat Giardinetta “Sleeping” by Viotti

A larger boot: 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Giardinetta by Colli

This rare Giulia by Colli is said to have been sold new to Autostrade Concessionaria S.p.A company which, back then, was the company which managed the highway network in Italy. Indeed, most of the Colli cars were sold as mainteinance vehicles of several companies and were built on demand (it is said that 160 wagons were… Read More A larger boot: 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Giardinetta by Colli