Alfredo Vignale

Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale1993 Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale
Tatra 6131989 Tatra 613
Maserati Indy1971 Maserati Indy
Lancia Flavia1971 Lancia Flavia
Maserati Mexico1969 Maserati Mexico
Maserati Mexico1968 Maserati Mexico
Lancia Flavia1968 Lancia Flavia
Fiat Vignale Gamine1968 Fiat Vignale Gamine
Lancia Flavia1967 Lancia Flavia
Maserati Mexico1967 Maserati Mexico
Maserati Sebring1967 Maserati Sebring
Maserati Sebring1966 Maserati Sebring
Maserati Quattroporte1966 Maserati Quattroporte
Lancia Flavia1966 Lancia Flavia
Lancia Flavia 18001965 Lancia Flavia 1800
Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake
Maserati Sebring II1965 Maserati Sebring II
Lancia Flavia1964 Lancia Flavia
Maserati 3500 GTi1964 Maserati 3500 GTi
Triumph Italia 20001964 Triumph Italia 2000
Maserati 3500 GTi1963 Maserati 3500 GTi
Maserati Sebring I1963 Maserati Sebring I
Fiat 1600S OSCA1963 Fiat 1600S OSCA
Maserati 3500 GT1962 Maserati 3500 GT
Triumph Italia 20001961 Triumph Italia 2000
Maserati 3500 GT1961 Maserati 3500 GT
Lancia Appia1961 Lancia Appia
Maserati Sebring I Prototype1961 Maserati Sebring I Prototype
Triumph Italia 20001960 Triumph Italia 2000
Maserati 3500GT Vignale1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale
Lancia Appia1960 Lancia Appia
Alfa Romeo 20001960 Alfa Romeo 2000
Lancia Appia1959 Lancia Appia
Maserati 3500GT1959 Maserati 3500GT
BMW 32001958 BMW 3200
Lancia Aurelia Nardi Blue Ray 21958 Lancia Aurelia Nardi Blue Ray 2
Fiat 1100 Turismo Veloce1957 Fiat 1100 Turismo Veloce
Lancia Appia1957 Lancia Appia
Fina Sport Convertible1956 Fina Sport Convertible
Fiat 1100 TV1956 Fiat 1100 TV
Fiat 11001954 Fiat 1100
Siata 208 CS1954 Siata 208 CS
Cunningham C-31954 Cunningham C-3
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Fiat 8V1954 Fiat 8V
Ferrari 250 Europa1954 Ferrari 250 Europa
Ferrari 375 America1954 Ferrari 375 America
Ferrari 375 America1953 Ferrari 375 America
Ferrari 340 MM1953 Ferrari 340 MM
Ferrari 250 MM1953 Ferrari 250 MM
Fiat 11001953 Fiat 1100
Fiat 8V1953 Fiat 8V
Ferrari 250 Europa1953 Ferrari 250 Europa
Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C3
Ferrari 166 MM1953 Ferrari 166 MM
Ferrari 375 MM1953 Ferrari 375 MM
Ferrari 212 Inter1953 Ferrari 212 Inter
Ferrari 225 Inter1952 Ferrari 225 Inter
Ferrari 340 America1952 Ferrari 340 America
Ferrari 225 Sport1952 Ferrari 225 Sport
Ferrari 342 America1952 Ferrari 342 America
Lancia Aurelia1952 Lancia Aurelia
Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C3
Cisitalia 808XF Concept1952 Cisitalia 808XF Concept
Ferrari 212 Inter1952 Ferrari 212 Inter
Ferrari 250 S1952 Ferrari 250 S
Ferrari 340 Mexico1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico
Ferrari 212 Speciale1952 Ferrari 212 Speciale
Ferrari 212 Export1951 Ferrari 212 Export
Ferrari 340 America1951 Ferrari 340 America
Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport1951 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport
Ferrari 212 Inter1951 Ferrari 212 Inter
Ferrari 212 MM1951 Ferrari 212 MM
Fiat 14001951 Fiat 1400
Ferrari 166 Inter1950 Ferrari 166 Inter
Cisitalia 202GS1950 Cisitalia 202GS
Abarth 2051950 Abarth 205
Lancia Aurelia1950 Lancia Aurelia
Packard Vignale Victoria1948 Packard Vignale Victoria
Cisitalia 202SC1947 Cisitalia 202SC
1953 - 1953 Ferrari 166 MM/53 Vignale Spyder
1951 - 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Coupe
1953 - 1953 Ferrari 340 MM
1974 - 1996 Tatra 613
1962 - 1964 Maserati Sebring Series I
1965 - 1969 Maserati Sebring Series II
1967 - 1971 Fiat Vignale Gamine

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.

Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.