In November 1989, at the request of the Fiat top management, STOLA spa acquired 70% of the Autec engineering company whose Chairman was Engineer Dante Giacosa.
The negotiations took place between Doctor Cesare Romiti and his assistants and Roberto Stola together with Carlo Biassoni and Alberto Sasso.
This acquisition would prove strategic for future relations with Fiat Auto and its galaxy.
Milan 1989. A part of the Autec Designers have dinner together in a restaurant in Milan; the period of negotiations between Fiat and Stola. From left Gianfranco Morlacchi, Attilio Viganò, Giuseppe Castiglioni, Giovanni Galimberti (little visible), Noemi Civati, Roberto Arpini, Paolo Zerbini, Marco Destefani, X, Giancarlo Besana and Giuseppe Dibenedetto.
It was a great honor to work alongside the engineer Dante Giacosa, a world legend in the history of the car with unsurpassable creations such as the Fiat Topolino, the 600, the New 500, and the 127, 124, 125, 128, 130, and 126.
With Autec, STOLA spa would have some of the best Italian design engineers, including former Alfa Romeo men of Arese's technical management.
Turin 3 March 1990 at the Autec headquarters in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Alfredo Stola and Roberto Stola with the Engineer Dante Giacosa on the occasion of his eighty-fifth birthday.In general, we remind you of Messrs De Micheli, Gaburri, Natta, Morlacchi Besana, Petrelli, Maran, Roberto Arpini, Giovanni Galimberti, Alessandro Ghezzi and Paolo Zerbini.here were two structures, the first being the seat of the presidency and of the mechanical studies located in Turin, 48 Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the second more operational in Cinisello Balsamo.
The corporate structure was made up of the engineer Giacosa as president, the engineer Porro representing Fiat as a councilor, Roberto Stola managing director and Alfredo Stola as a councilor.
January 3, 1990 At the Autec headquarters in Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Turin Dante Giacosa celebrates his 85th birthday with his colleagues. Present at the event Roberto and Alfredo Stola and Dr. Cesare Romiti representing Fiat and on the left the Ingeger Maran.
From this fortunate situation they started immediately to design the bodies external and interior finishes of Ferrari cars.
Also the Engineer Amedeo Felisa, Technical Director of Ferrari s.p.a. he is a former Alfa Romeo designer and all these men from the Technical Department of Arese including Gottardo Bustreo and Carlo Biassoni (purchasing department) are for him a guarantee of quality and success.
The lawyer Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and the engineer Amedeo Felisa between the years 1990 and 2004, a period in which the STOLA spa had realized important projects for Ferrari and Maserati for the design of chassis, body and interior finishes and Masters for mathematical verification.
Among the Autec activities not present in STOLA spa, structural calculation, suspension design, studies on small displacement engines and engine transmissions.
In 1993, by request, of Dr. Cesare Romiti and Engineer Paolo Cantarella, the remaining 30% of Autec shares was sold to STOLA spa.
The labour agreements do not change, nor the relationship of respect between the highest Fiat leaders, and Stola.
1959 Ing. Dante Giacosa on occasion of the "Compasso d 'Oro" prize.The lawyer Gianni Agnelli in the 90s.
Engineer Giacosa died on March 31, 1996 at the age of 91, working in Fiat, then Autec and finally in STOLA spa from 1929 to 1996 for a good 67 years, until his last day of life.
From these dates we can understand the absolute gratitude of the lawyer Agnelli to his greatest designer and the esteem given to the Stola company for the last seven years of work done together with Engineer Giacosa.
Private services were held in Turin in on 3 April 1996 at the Parish Church of San Vito.
Beyond the Giacosa Family and the Agnelli Family, Roberto and Alfredo Stola were expressly invited.