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Sunday, November 14, 2021

A Fiat Barchetta derivative custom car specially dedicated to Giovanni Agnelli

~Never Seen It~ After some time ago we have discussed a concept car named the Fiat Scia Concept which is the forerunner of today's Fiat Barchetta. And on this occasion, we will discuss another concept car that is no less beautiful than the Scia Concept earlier.
1996 Fiat Dedica Prototipo (in pictured: sat on display at the 2017 Salon Automotoretro Torino) was dedicated to the former Fiat President Giovanni Agnelli. (Picture from: Flickr)
This beautiful roofless car is one-off prototype built by Gruppo Stola named the Fiat Dedica (an Italian word mean 'Dedication') based of Aldo Brovarone's designwork back in 1996. The designer is a retired designer who used to work with Pininfarina until 1988 and a good friend of Alfredo Stola, managing director of Gruppo Stola.
1996 Fiat Dedica Prototipo built by a Turin based company Stola based of Aldo Brovarone's designwork. (Picture from:
ClassicDriver
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Gruppo Stola was a Turin-based company founded in 1919. At the beginning, its core business was concentrated on style models and concept cars for the main manufacturers. Related to the car concept, beside known as the first ever prototype made by Stola under its own brand, the Dedica name comes from the fact that the car was dedicated to the former Fiat President Giovanni Agnelli.
The Fiat Dedica Prototipo project was the first in a series of about twenty prototypes made by Stola from 1996 to 2006. (Picture from: Pinterest)
The Dedica roffless car was built on the basis of the Fiat Barchetta known as one of the legendary spyders of the nineties and features a souped up 2 liter engine from the Coupé Fiat 16V Turbo. This engine capable to spew power up to 262 bhp, which gives the 1,020 kg car a topspeed of 270 kph and an accelaration from zero to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds.
1996 Fiat Dedica Prototipo's interior is slightly changed when compared to its donor, where the center console is removed, and there are no switches for windows or ventilation. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
When compared to its donor car, the interior is slightly changed, where the center console is removed, and there are no switches for windows or ventilation. This is not surprising as the window is cut to 20 cm so that it cannot be lowered while the two air vents are replaced by additional dials. The steeringwheel, pedals and turqoise leather seats are by Momo.
The Fiat Dedica Prototipo project is powered by 2 liter engine from the Coupé Fiat 16V Turbo and capable to spew power up to 262 bhp, which gives the car a topspeed of 270 kph and an accelaration 0-100 kph in 5.8 seconds. (Picture from: Pinterest)
As for the legs, such the six-spoke rims made by Tecnomagnesio wrapped in the Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and equipped with the Brembo's 4 airvented brakes which are ready to provide a capable speed deacceleration. (Sorry if the video below doesn't talk about the Fiat Stola Dedica Prototipo).
Uniquely, not only was the aim to produce a 1950's sportscar, but also made using no prepressed sheetmetal but only cardboard templates were used for direct modelling the bodywork, making the car 16 cms wider than its donor.

A nice tough is the top of the dashboard which features the bodycolor of the car: a concept that was used for the prototype barchetta, but didn't make it into the final product! There are no plans for production of any kind. The car is registered with Italian plate and papers and it is road legal. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FIATBARCHETTA | CLASSICDRIVER | CARROZZIERI-ITAIANI  ]
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