Fiat “600 D coupé”, Viotti, 1965
“The most modified car by the Italians”: borrowing a similar expression from a famous italian advertisement, that’s how we could define the Fiat 600, the Italian dream of the post-war years.
Born as an entirely new project, with an water-cooled rear engine and four comfortable seats, the 600, together with the Balilla and Topolino, was the car that motorized the “Bel Paese”.
The 600 was also the most transformed and personalized Italian car by coachbuilders and tuners who gave free rign to their creativity and definitely launched the Italian style in the world.
The car in the museum is a 750cc version of the 600, whose engine displacement was increased to widen the performance gap from the 500 model in 1960.
This little coupé with a cloth sunroof was designed by Viotti, a coachbuilder established in 1921, whose name is linked to the production of several one-offs on Fiat and Lancia chassis, and to the diffusion in post-war Italy of a new type of body: the station wagon, at that time called more simply “giardinetta”. This car was fully restored according to the original specifications.
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“The car displayed at the Museo was used by a convent of nuns: an unusual place for a special series car, despite being already old at the time.
The latest owner was Sister Antonietta. It was probably donated to the convent and not bought… When no longer driveable, it ended in a scrapyard where Luciano Nicolis found it”.
“Rai had just begun to broadcast in 1954, the tv was black and white and limited to the evening hours, with a specific ban for car advertisement. Thanks to a series of short films made by Cinefiat Rai began to introduce the new 600, creating a new desire for individual and family mobility – to the moment assured by Vespas or Lambrettas – and kickstarting mass motorization. Built from 1955 to 1969 in nearly 5 million units, licensed manufacturing included (Germany, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Yugoslavia) and special series – the Fiat 600 became an icon of the Italian economic boom”. Read the article Il Mattino Motori