Macchine Italiane Exhibit

Fiat 600-1966

Fiat 600-1966

When it was time to replace the Fiat 500, many engine and chassis configurations were designed, built, and tested.  The layout for the 600 was chosen for a simple reason –low manufacturing costs.

Fiat Bianchina Wagon- 1970

Fiat Bianchina Wagon- 1970

The principal derivative of the Fiat Nuevo 500 was the Autobianchi. A chic, upmarket product conceived in parallel with the Fiat 500, the Autobianchi firm was part-owned (and later fully-owned) by Pirelli and Fiat.

  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • FIAT
Fiat Giannini Camioncino Replica - 1970

Fiat Giannini Camioncino Replica - 1970

A testament to the adaptability of the Fiat 500 platform, this apparently homebuilt homage to coachbuilder Giannini’s Camioncino (translation: pickup truck) is itself based on the Fiat 500K Giardiniera (wagon).

Fiat Moretti 500 Minimaxi- 1970

Fiat Moretti 500 Minimaxi- 1970

During the 1960s and 70s, rugged utility cars had become very popular with the public in Europe. Manufacturers seemed to share a common design for these cars: take an existing model, strip it down to its most basic components, and market it as “rugged” and “fun”. 

Fiat Multipla- 1963

Fiat Multipla- 1963

One year after the introduction of the Fiat 600, another version was introduced–possibly the first minivan–the Multipla (which means “all service”). This vehicle had three rows of seats for a total capacity of six people, the two rear pairs of seats could be folded into the floor, leaving a large flat loading area. 

  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • FIAT
Fiat Multipla-1998

Fiat Multipla-1998

Fiat reintroduced the Multipla in 1998 to capture the growing minivan market.  Initial sales were slow as the controversial styling scared buyers away.

Fiat Nuova 500F- 1966

Fiat Nuova 500F- 1966

Introduced in July 1957, the successor for the “Topolino,” the “Nuova (which means “new”) 500" used a layout similar to that seen on the 600 with a rear mounted engine driving the rear wheels and independent suspension on all four wheels.

  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • FIAT Società per Azioni
Fiat Panda 4x4-1987

Fiat Panda 4x4-1987

The Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980, and was meant to be a city car for the masses; simpler but in the spirit of Citroën’s 2CV.

Fiat Panda-1989

Fiat Panda-1989

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Innocenti Mini-1969

Innocenti Mini-1969

Ferdinand Innocenti’s company started in 1931 as a major steel tubing manufacturer. His patented “Innocenti pipe” is still used in scaffolding today. Before the war, the company also developed heavy press machinery. After World War II, Innocenti was mainly known for their Lambretta scooters until they began production of a license-built Austin A40 in 1960.

Lamborghini Urraco P300- 1976

Lamborghini Urraco P300- 1976

Ferruccio Lamborghini was a manufacturer of air conditioning and tractors. Legend tells he bought a Ferrari but was not satisfied with it. When his complaints were dismissed, he vowed to make a better car.

Lancia Appia-1960

Lancia Appia-1960

Lancia’s Ardea model was replaced by the Appia in 1953, which remained in production for ten years. Produced in three Series during its run, improvements along the way included a larger trunk, larger rear glass, longer wheelbase, more power, and a larger bench seat.

Lancia Aprilia- 1945

Lancia Aprilia- 1945

Vincenzo Lancia was the youngest child of a wealthy Turin soup manufacturer. As a young man, he was a chief inspector and test driver for F.I.A.T. as well as a successful racer. 

  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Fabbrica Automobili Lancia & Cia
Lancia Ardea- 1950

Lancia Ardea- 1950

The Ardea, introduced in 1939, was a “luxury utility” model a size down from its big brother, the Aprillia. The car is similar in layout, but simpler in design, with a solid rear axle and no trunk opening.

Lancia Scorpion- 1976

Lancia Scorpion- 1976

The Lancia Scorpion was designed to be a “big brother” model to Fiat’s X 1/9 – but larger, more powerful, and more luxurious. While the X 1/9 was a product of the Bertone studios, the Scorpion (Monte Carlo in the rest of the world) was designed and built at Carrozzeria Pininfarina as Fiat Project X 1/8, and later X 1/20.

MV Agusta-2007

MV Agusta-2007

Not unusual for Italian motorcycle manufacturers, MV Agusta has had its share of financial troubles. In the 1990’s, it was struggling. But in 1998, they announced that with restructuring, they were able to continue long-term production. To demonstrate what they were capable of, they introduced the F4.

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