Fiat 127 - a tribute to Pio Manzł

This concept proposes, in a modern interpretation, the masterpiece of Pio Manzł; the legendary Fiat 127, which I personally consider to be absolutely one of the stylistically most balanced economy cars. The project was first published by designboom.com on March 19, 2013 and then widely published at international level by various blogs and online magazines

The resurrection of the Fiat 127, as it's about a car designed according to the stylistic criteria of the 70s, is quite risky. While the European retro models currently to be found in the market are based on automobiles designed in the 1950's or decades before, the Fiat 127 was among the first truly innovative cars of the 1970's, conceived with a functional style, clean volumes and simple lines. By accentuating their vintage character, the time distance helps to stylistically distinguish the "retro" models from "normal" cars. However, the reconsideration of a rather modern model runs the risk of making it already ?old? with a not particularly attractive effect. So, I have attempted to unite past and future in a proportionally updated car with a design loyally inspired by the model launched in 1971, including high-tech solutions.

The Fiat 127 Concept has substantially different proportions in comparison with the original model. The waistline is higher and the upper part is reduced in height in order to give the car a sleeker line. Besides hosting larger wheels, the fenders are emphasized by tri-dimensional means. The front is the most innovative part sporting such features as the square-shaped grill and the double headlights. The necessity to render the car more streamlined resulted in the lowering of front headlights tilting them backwards, as the lower part confirms the forward inclination of the original model. The lateral and the rear part, despite the more rounded forms and the more curved surfaces, clearly recall the old 127. The particular thing about the taillights is the addition of a kind of frame of bas-relief, "dug" as it were, around the lights. This operation gives the rear a strong personality allowing to achieve a right balance without empty spaces despite the subtle lights.

Even the interior design follows a rational and minimalist line with nostalgic elements lending the dashboard a strong character. The circular air-vents in the center, the chromed handles and the two-spoke steering wheel design are obvious references to the original model. While, such technological details as the multifunctional touch-screen in the center of the dashboard make one aware of the design's contemporary nature.