In mid-March of 1991, with the enthusiasm of Proteo's presentation in Geneva, Roberto Stola confidently granted his nephew Alfredo the management of a new show car based on the Fiat Panda, to create a "beach" version inspired by the Fiat 500 and 600 Jolly Ghia of the 60s.
The aim was to show the company's manufacturing capabilities without the restrictions of industrial confidentiality of its customers.
Alfredo and Maria Paola followed this project with passion, listening to the advice of Giuseppe Civardi, technical manager of the Fiat Style Center in Via La Manta, Turin.
The designer was Aldo Garnero, the body was build by Opac and the upholstery by Salt of Gavina family.
The name of this "spiaggetta", photographed for the first time in the splendid setting of Portofino on 3 September 1991, was Mirage, which shortly afterwards would change to "Destriero" on the advice of Fiat's top managers, in particular that of the engineer Paolo Cantarella.
This perfectly functioning prototype would be the first of many concepts that STOLA spa will carry out on its own initiative for demonstration purposes towards its customers.
The first prototype was registered in 1991 by STOLA s.p.a., bearing license plate TO 64254R and chassis number ZFA 141A0004604624.
On November 20th 1995, Fiat Auto s.p.a. authorised STOLA s.p.a. to proceed in updating the circulation documents of the vehicle into a doorless beach-car with the "nulla osta" GC / AA number N 95/3223.
The approval was issued by the Ministry of Transport and Navigation on 25 January 1996 and the transcription in the vehicle registration document takes place on February 1st of the previous year.
The STOLA Panda Destriero had its the world premier at the Turin Motor Show in April 1992 on the Fiat stand.
The setting tells the story of the motor vessel Destriero, at whose rudder Cesare Fiorio and his crew would to try to win the blu ribband in for crossing the Atlantic for the Yachting Club Costa Smeralda.
Basically the STOLA Panda Destriero was the tender in Porto Cervo for the boats crew.
In end of June, a few months later the show, the Fiat Style Center requested a second twin STOLA Panda Destriero for the Avvocato Gianni Agnelli.
After having seen it, the Avvocato requires a change of color in the most classic blue used by the Agnelli family and a particular interior in light gray and the hood covering only the front seats.
For Alfredo and Maria Paola the Mirage-Destriero was the car to for which they have so much affection, so much so that still today they use it during their holidays by the sea.
Their love for the Mirage-Destriero stems from the fact that the whole project was developed while their child Francesco was in his mothers womb, and at only two months old he would attend the world premier on the Fiat stand with his parents.
Following this great experience, STOLA spa created the slogan "No Style Design" in order to communicate and reassure its customers that the company would never deal with creating "style" with the exception of its demonstration prototypes, which in themselves would be created by designers who were friends from outside the company.
To crown the passion for the Destriero,Francesco Stola's Canevese Ruote Classice club in Canavese was now owner of the rare beach car, on January 8th, 2020. ASI issued it with their "Targa Oro" certificate.
A thorough inspection took place in Samone in the province of Turin on 30 November 2019 by Commissioners Luigi Viceconte, Lorenzo Beltrami, and Rolando Pluma coordinated by Mario Alasia.
With the number 52702 the identity certificate of the "Fiat Stola Destriero" was classified as Type A, Group 1.