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Friday 21 June 2019

1965 FIAT 500 Élégance Beach Car - BONHAMS AUCTIONS Chantilly Sale Sunday 30th June 2019 Chantilly, Chateau de Chantilly


Chantilly Sale
Sunday 30th June 2019

The 1965 Turin Motor Show

1965 FIAT 500 Élégance Beach Car
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Savio, Turin

Chassis no. 0872263
•One-off example 
•Previously owned by Count Vittorio 'Gughi' Zanon di Valgiurata
•Restored in 2008
•Registered in Italy


  • The unique 'beach car' offered here was built by Carrozzeria Savio of Turin and displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, appearing on the cover of Auto Italiana magazine's edition covering the event (copy on file). Although one of Italy's lesser-known coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Savio could trace its origins back as far as 1919 when it was founded in Turin by brothers Antonio and Guiseppe Savio. Commencing with a contract from Itala, Savio went on to build bodies for all of Italy's major motor manufacturers, concentrating on FIAT chassis after WW2. In 1965 Savio launched the Moke-like Jungla recreational vehicle, based on the FIAT 600 (and later 850), the success of which almost certainly killed off the beach car project. As far as is known, the car offered here is the sole example built. 

    Little is know of this car's ownership history apart from the fact that the previous owner was Count Vittorio 'Gughi' Zanon di Valgiurata, an influential figure in the international motor sport who helped further the careers of drivers including Ayrton Senna, Michele Alboretto, and Ronnie Peterson. 

    In 2008 the Savio was restored in Italy by a Torinese specialist. Works carried out included overhauling the brakes, refurbishing the interior woodwork, re-chroming the brightwork, restoring the soft-top, and fitting new tyres and a new battery. The car is currently registered in Italy and according to the vendor is in very good condition.


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