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"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
1961 FIAT VIOTTI GRANLUCE
Estimate: £12,000 - £14,000
Registration Number: Italian Registered
Chassis Number: 1115925
However, 1956 saw the unexpected and premature passing of its founder Vittorino Viotti, at just 55 years of age. The company's management passed to his cousin, Francesco Viotti, who extended production to new models, adding some affordable sporty models to the Giardinetta line, based on mass-produced Fiat models: first the Coupé based on the 600, then the Gran Turismo 1100/1200. This was another excellent intuition, but an even better one was that of offering the small 600 with a more spacious chassis than the Coupé, guaranteeing comfort for four passengers without giving up the attractive lines designed by the Turin designer Giovanni Michelotti. Thus another milestone in the story of Carrozzeria Viotti was created: the Granluce. The name, which means “great light”, referred to the large windows and the unique “hugging” windscreen, that gave a forward visual angle that was much better than the average. The Granluce was the perfect formula for customers wanting a contemporary model that was economical but exclusive, sporty but comfortable and far better than the mass-produced Fiat it was based on.
The 600 Granluce Viotti remained in production for almost a decade, updated according to the new fashion trends of the time, from the more “Americanized” version of 1957, with its tail fins, to the more sober and rational 1960 model, with tauter lines, better overhangs, a pronounced tail, and a curious feature, a large – and fake – chrome front grill, which was entirely useless since the engine was in the back.
This particular example, restored in 2005, having brand new paint, new interior and upholstery, with rebuilt mechanicals, is described by the vendor as being in lovely overall condition. Sold with its original Italian Libretto.
With approximately 100 examples built and less than 20 still surviving today, this represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an incredibly special vehicle.
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