Fiat 500 Spiaggina
The Fiat 500 Spiaggina is not only one of the most significant works of Carrozzeria Boano from Turin, but also the ancestor of beach cars genre. The car without a roof and doors was built by order of the former head of Fiat Giovanni Agnelli. He usually used it during holidays on the French Riviera – but only on special occasions.
As a rule, the Spiaggina, besides the family members of Agnelli, was used to drive other famous people – from Henry Kissinger and representatives of the Kennedy dynasty to the Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Spiaggina regularly appeared in magazines about dolce vita, and always in the company of a famous passenger. By the way, Aristotle Onassis had the second copy of the beach-car, but it has not saved till our days.
The Fiat 500 Spiaggina Boano was based on an extended chassis of the Fiat Nuova 500 with a two-cylinder engine of 479 cubic centimeters and 13 horsepower. But the body was original, with wood décor to make the car resemble a classic Ranabout. How much the Spiaggina cost to build to Agnelli himself is unknown. Now the car is estimated at 700,000-1,000,000 euros.
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