Fiat Portofino Concept - A Modern Day Beach Car

Fiat Portofino ConceptIt may look like as if it were stripped down for spare parts in some bad neighborhood, but the Portofino Concept that will be show at the Caravan Salon due to be held in Dusseldorf from August 29 to September 7 is actually inspired from the open-topped beach cars that were built onto small Fiat models by Italian coachbuilders in the 1960s. Based on the Fiorino, the Portofino Concept has not only lost its roof but also its doors that have been somewhat replaced by nautical ropes. To compensate for the structural loss, Fiat’s designers added a rollbar-like central ring. -Continued

Fiat Portofino ConceptInside, the Portofino design follows a nautical theme with the interior flooring made out of wood. Other changes include the repainted dashboard and the new seats that have been upholstered with natural fibres treated using a special waterproofing process.

Although Fiat supports that the Portofino is just a study, the Italian automaker also said that a covered version will be available at a later stage for protection against sun and rain. In other words, don’t be surprised if Fiat decides in the near future to offer a production model based on this concept.

Fiat Portofino Concept
Fiat Portofino Concept
Fiat Portofino Concept
Fiat Portofino Concept


Anonymous said... »August 26, 2008

Cool car! Nice to see an original design for a change. I think it would be very popular her in Queensland Australia, the Sunshine State. Australia is the worlds second largest market for Jeep Wranglers. If this little fiat has heaps of appeal and it would be even more exciting if they make it with a bit of ground clearance and 4x4.

stelios said... »August 27, 2008

Looks more like a Sbarro design & construction work than a Fiat Proffesional design project...

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