Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Samantha - an Expensive Child of the 60s; Classic Wheels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Samantha - an Expensive Child of the 60s; Classic Wheels

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON

WANDERING around a classic car show some time ago I was stopped in my tracks by something I just did not recognise.

There are not many cars produced in the 1960s and 70s that keep me guessing, but this was one of them.

Rather than spoil it and walk up immediately and look at the badge I tried to work it out. There was a bit of everything there - an Audi-like fastback rear, a front that was worthy of Lotus and I had seen those doors on something else.

In the end I gave up and wandered over to discover that the car was a Vignale Samantha from the great creator of automobile beauty Alfredo Vignale who had a factory and design shop in Grugliasco, Italy.

Vignale''s zenith was in the late 1950s when he made bespoke bodies for many exotic sports car makers but in the 1960s he turned his attention to create imaginative bodies on Fiat platforms. The Samantha was based on the Fiat 125 and was without doubt the prettiest of all the Fiat based Vignales of the late 60s and 70s. …

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