CHASSIS NO: 110F*1783252
• Charming and fun microcar with Vignale coachwork
• Rare, low-production “La Dolce Vita” vehicle
• Mechanically sorted with newer upholstery
• Three careful owners from new
500 cc inline two-cylinder engine, 21 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 72”
As one of the premier Italian custom coachbuilders, Alfredo Vignale’s Carrozzeria Vignale was established in 1948 at Grugliasco, near Turin, which was also the home of the Pinin Farina (later renamed Pininfarina) design house and production facilities. Beginning with a special Fiat 500 Topolino and then a Fiat 1100, Vignale soon designed and built some of Ferrari’s most unique and memorable racing bodies. Vignale’s work also appeared on chassis from Alfa Romeo, Cisitalia, Lancia, Maserati, and other revered Italian marques.
This handsome little car is presented in attractive burgundy paintwork over a freshly reupholstered black cabin. Before it entered The Rockhound Collection in 2017, it was acquired by the previous owner who bought it from its near life-long owner, an Italian automobile enthusiast who is said to have originally imported the Gamine from Italy many decades ago. These wonderfully eccentric, hand-built pieces of Italian automotive history are now highly sought-after, continuing to attract a cult-like following by virtue of their charming character, simple mechanical package, and unique Alfredo Vignale coachbuilding heritage. Behind the front grille and classically freestanding headlamps of the Gamine is found a compartment housing the fuel tank and spare tire, with power coming from the diminutive yet rugged air-cooled Fiat two-cylinder engine at the rear of the vehicle. Importantly, this Gamine retains its original Tipo 110F Fiat engine and it is accurately described as a great example. While the Gamine is seldom seen at auction today, this utterly charming example will surely invite attention and admiration wherever it goes, while providing a truly incomparable and fun open-air motoring experience. This 1968 Fiat 500 Vignale Gamine benefits from a recent tune-up that allows for its next owner to have an absolute blast on the roads and parades in its future.