Close to Italian Turin, in Grugliasco, Alfredo Zanellato Vignale (born 1913) opened his coachwork forge in 1948. The young company’s first model, based on a Fiat 500 Topolino, was built on the chassis of a Fiat 1100, and the designer quickly made a name for himself and received orders from well-known Italian car manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Cisitalia, Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat. In 1952, Vignale worked with Briggs Cunningham on the production of the Continental C3, and in 1968 he designed the body for the Tatra 613.
The Vignale models featured a particularly low noise level in the interior. The best-known vehicle produced by the company was the Vignale Gamine based on the Fiat 500. In 1969 De Tomaso Autobili took over the bodyshop and in 1974 the company closed. Since 2013, Ford Europe has been considering reviving the name Vignale as an independent, upscale luxury brand.
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