Alfredo Vignale
Carrozzeria, Italian meaning coachbuilder, is an individual or company that bodies carriages or automobiles. The name in German is Karosserie. These skills were needed during the early part of the 1900's to fabricate enclosures for rolling chassis. The materials used were mostly wooden or metal. As the evolution of automobile production evolved, manufacturers brought the design and development in-house, making individual coachbuilders a dying breed.

Unibody construction has mostly eliminated the need for coachbuilders. Many coachbuilders were purchased or merged by the automobile manufacturers. Others became highly specialized and worked on a contract basis, mostly for high priced, luxury automobiles.

Alfredo Vignale was born in 1913 in the country of Italy. During his teenage years he worked for Stabilimenti Farina, managed by Giovanni Farina, the older brother of the famous coachbuilder, Pinin Farina.

By 1946 he had established himself, built a reputation, and opened a shop in Grugliasco, at Via Cigliano, Turin. His first body creation was a 1948 Fiat 500, followed by a Fiat 1100. His work continued, creating bodies for prominent customers such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Cisitalia, Fiat, Maserati and Lancia.

His coach-work was mostly for low volume automobiles. By 1961 he had opened a factory in Crugliasco, Turin for the purpose of automobile production. Most were built atop of Fiat chassis. The vehicles produced include the Vignale 125/Samantha, Vignale 1500, and Vignale 850 - to name a few.

At the close of 1969, Alfredo Vignale sold his coachbuilding business to DeTomaso Automobili. By this point in history, Ford owned many businesses, such as Ghia and DeTomas. So essentially, Ford now owned the Vignale business. The factory was used to build the DeTomaso Pantera super car.

Three days after Alfredo Vignale sold his business, he was killed in an automobile accident while driving a Maserati.

Aston Martin is owned by Ford which now owns Ghia. In 1993, at the Geneva Auto Show, Aston Martin unveiled a concept car dubbed the Lagonda Vignale. The name Vignale was able to be used because of ownership. Since that time, the name 'Vignale' has appeared on a Ford concept car.
Vehicles Associated With Alfredo Vignale
1993 Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale
1969 Maserati Mexico
1968 Maserati Mexico
1968 Fiat Vignale Gamine
1967 Maserati Mexico
1967 Maserati Sebring
1967 Lancia Flavia
1966 Maserati Sebring
1966 Lancia Flavia
1965 Maserati Sebring II
1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake
1965 Lancia Flavia 1800
1964 Maserati 3500 GTi
1963 Maserati Sebring I
1963 Maserati 3500 GTi
1962 Maserati 3500 GTi
1961 Maserati Sebring I Prototype
1961 Triumph Italia 2000
1961 Maserati 3500 GT
1961 Lancia Appia
1960 Alfa Romeo 2000
1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale
1960 Triumph Italia 2000
1960 Lancia Appia
1959 Maserati 3500GT
1959 Lancia Appia
1958 BMW 3200
1957 Lancia Appia
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1954 Cunningham C-3
1954 Siata 208 SC
1954 Fiat 8V
1953 Fiat 1100
1953 Cunningham C3
1953 Ferrari 166 MM
1953 Ferrari 375 MM
1953 Ferrari 212 Inter
1953 Ferrari 375 America
1953 Ferrari 340 MM
1953 Ferrari 250 MM
1953 Fiat 8V
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa
1952 Ferrari 340 America
1952 Ferrari 225 Inter
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter
1952 Ferrari 212 Speciale
1952 Ferrari 250 S
1952 Cunningham C3
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico
1952 Cisitalia 808XF Concept
1952 Lancia Aurelia
1951 Ferrari 212 Export
1951 Ferrari 340 America
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter
1951 Ferrari 212 MM
1950 Ferrari 166 Inter
1950 Cisitalia 202GS
1950 Abarth 205
1948 Packard Eight Concept
1948 Packard Vignale Victoria
1947 Cisitalia 202SC
1953 - 1953 Ferrari 166 MM/53 Vignale Spyder
1951 - 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Coupe
1953 - 1953 Ferrari 340 MM
1962 - 1964 Maserati Sebring Series I
1965 - 1969 Maserati Sebring Series II
1967 - 1971 Fiat Vignale Gamine