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Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti

The Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti from 1961.

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti made its debut in 1961 at the Turin Auto Show, marking a significant contribution from the Viotti coachbuilder. With a rich history in crafting family cars that would later become synonymous with the term “station wagons,” Vittorio Viotti, the company’s founder, played a pioneering role in coining the term “Giardinetta” to identify models tailored for everyday use by families of varying sizes immediately after the Second World War. The Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti, along with its 1500 version, represented the swan song of Carrozzeria Viotti. Following Vittorio’s passing, the company transitioned into the hands of his cousin Francesco. As the era of custom-built cars began to wane, Viotti closed its doors in 1964. The 1300 and 1500 Giardinetta, however, did not achieve the anticipated success. Unveiled at the 1961 Turin Auto Salon, only 50 specimens were produced, as Fiat concurrently developed and marketed its own family version derived from the sedans, offered at a considerably lower price point. The decline in popularity and sales could not diminish the Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti’s significance and elegance. Priced at 1,380,000 lire at the time, equivalent to approximately 18,000 euros today, this model remains a testament to Viotti’s commitment to crafting family-oriented, stylish automobiles that left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape of its time. Though not a commercial triumph, the Fiat 1300 Giardinetta Viotti stands as a poignant reminder of an era when custom-built craftsmanship and unique design flourished in the world of automobiles.

fiat 1300 Giardinetta viotti

Photo courtesy of Lopresto Collection.

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    1300 Giardinetta
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