Coachbuilt Econobox: 1957 Fiat 600 Vignale

This unusual Fiat 600 Rendez-Vous is still the same humble people-mover underneath that sculpted Vignale bodywork, right down to the engine and other mechanical bits. However, the similarities end there, with a reworked nose panel and tail section that resembles far more exotic modes of transportation. Interestingly, this car sold for $45,000 on Bring A Trailer in December, and is now listed here on eBay at a steep discount. Buyer’s remorse, perhaps? 

While not surprising to see flippers poach cars on BAT and post them elsewhere later, it’s odd to see such a recent sale go up for grabs again with $10,000 shaved off the sale price. The car in question was in Italy at the time of sale, so perhaps the winning bidder couldn’t make the numbers work on getting the Fiat stateside. Whatever the cause, there appears to be a nicely preserved specimen up for grabs, and its exclusivity is undeniable with fewer than 200 produced.

The polished hubcaps and slim chrome bumpers give the Vignale some understated bling; I’m less sold on the contrasting blue paint found around the windows. The seller says the Fiat runs and drives as it should and that the interior remains in good shape with correct “…Vignale-outfitted trim” that included a mixture of cloth and vinyl seating surfaces. The Fiat is now located in Macomb, Michigan, so there goes my theory about it languishing in Italy.

The good news is that despite the custom bodywork, the Fiat’s engine is shared with any other run-of-the-mill 600’s running gear, so parts sourcing shouldn’t be a problem. I imagine a far trickier affair is replacing any of the trim in the cabin or door glass that isn’t exactly mass produced. While I can’t deny this car’s provenance, if I’m forking over cash for a Fiat with coachbuilder looks, make mine a 130 Coupe by Pininfarina.

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  1. Sundaydriver

    Seller on BaT says that the car is going to its new home in California. Pictures were lifted from the auction listing. Buyer beware.

    • Classics & Cabrios Member

      The pictures where taken in Italy, as a good old orange Italian speed camera in the background on some shots, as you say buyer beware!

    • rapple

      Sundaydriver: Good call. Clearly a scam.

  2. Rich

    Looks like the first car I owned: a 67 VW Fastback.

    • Sundaydriver

      I definitely see that. I also see a bit of Aston Martin DB2 in the nose.

    • DougB Member

      I was just going to say the same thing!

  3. t-bone Bob

    Very cool. I am familiar with many of the coach-built versions. But, I have never seen this one.

  4. Martin Horrocks

    I also think this could be a scam. But $45000 was a mad price to pay for a party frock, much as I love Etceterini.

  5. Coventrycat

    If Jimmy Durante was a car, this would be it.

  6. Mark

    I like it……
    I envision a Henry J type straight axle gasser conversion. Would be awesome. That color is cool.

  7. Bruce

    I Like it too, Sexy little car, at first thought it was a Henry J, the engine doesn’t look like it would pull the scum off rice pudding.

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