Friday, July 15, 2011

Vignale, Touring & Stabilimenti Farina Street Show

 Taken in Rome and Vienna by an American stationed in Europe after the war.

Circa 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 or 2500, Touring Superleggera coachwork, with sealed beam conversion and clipped bumper.

1951 Abarth 205 A Berlinetta by Vignale. The shell for Carlo Abarth's first in-house creation after leaving Cisitalia as that firm headed for bankruptcy was Giovanni Michelotti's sharp interpretation of Pininfarina's Cisitalia 202, with both ends tucked under for a more aggressive stance and cool modern eggcrate grille and driving lights in lieu of the 202's baby Buick face. Portholes replace those missing grille teeth for a touch of early fifties American glitz on a design that might not be easy to date without them. Supposedly only three of these stunning coupes were built, all shown more clearly @ Ultimate Car Page, but the door handle is mounted much higher in this photo from a period auto show while the car waiting at the crosswalk above splits the difference. It may just be the angle, but the hood scoop here looks flatter, too.

Mystery car. Maybe a Stabilimenti Farina Alfa 6C, with Fiats on either side.

Circa 1951 Fiat by Stabilimenti Farina

Circa 1953 Denzel (WD) being shadowed by a Jeep.

Circa 1937 Mercedes-Benz 290 lang Cabriolet A.


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