In April 1992, during the Turin Motor Show, STOLA spa became involved in the Barchetta project for Fiat.
It was for a turnkey production task also involving partners Itca and Maggiora.
It was the initiative of engineer Paolo Cantarella to give the project to the three companies and allow them to decelop the car.
The engineer Nevio di Giusto, who had recently been appointed as coordinating director of the Fiat Group’s styling centres, gave his support to quickly integrate the style work already completed into the development process.
1992 Engineer Paolo Cantarella, CEO of Fiat Auto.
1992 engineer Nevio di Giusto, coordinator of the three style centers of the Fiat group.
April 1992 the technicians of the STOLA prototype department in coordinating the design work and the first list of sheet metal parts to be made.April 1992 the technicians of the STOLA prototype department in coordinating the design work and the first list of sheet metal parts to be made.
April 1992 the first technical drawings of the Fiat Barchetta with the aim of creating two prototypes in sheet metal.April 1992 the first technical drawings of the Fiat Barchetta with the aim of creating two prototypes in sheet metal.
The Fiat board, wanting to relaunch a spider into their range that had been absent since the time of the pininfarina built 124 had to find a competitive production solution.
For Fiat, these months in 1992 were very intense, especially for the beginning of the design of the new Punto.
It must be borne in mind that the usual partners Pininfarina and Bertone in 1993 and 1994 were involved in the production of the Fiat Coupé and Punto Cabrio.
September 1992 beaten model of a panel.October 1992 The instrument panel lid.
October 1992 Frontal.October1992 Trunk structure.
November 1992 This photo shows Bonetto and Comollo.November 1992 Felice Chiara and Beppe Comollo.
December 1992 Ferrero Varsino and Beppe Comollo check the body.December 1992 the body of the first prototype ready for painting.
January 1993, Modelleria STOLA. Roberto and Alfredo Stola together with Andrea Granata, one of the painters, next to the first Barchetta sheet metal prototype in the paint oven of via Villa Giusti.
February 1993 Mechanical assembly of the first prototype.
February 1993 a group photo on the assembly prototype. From left Franchino, Giorgione, Alfredo Stola, Felice Chiara and Marco Goffi.
February 1993 The first prototype prototype practically finished. To be precise, original rims and headlights. Instead of the headlights, resin models have been fitted. From left Renato Bianco, Rocco, Ferrero Varsino, Beppe Comollo, Felice Chiara, Danilo Franchino, Bonetto, Mammone, Granata and Giorgione
May 1993, via La Thuile 71 Alfredo Stola with the little Francesco posing next to the second and final prototype Yellow barchetta made from the sheet metal models. Mirabella, Felice Chiara, beppe Comollo, Alberto Porzio and Aniello Tornatore can be recognized from the back left.
Turin May 1993. Marco Goffi and Bruno Arienti in the office in Via La Thuile 71 they work on the calculation of the prototype modifications.
Each of the three companies had to call upon their best skills, Stola for modeling, engineering and the first two prototypes derived from wooden models, Itca for test prototypes and the production of the chassis and the Maggiora for the actual production line and purchase of all components.
This consortium, under the direction of Fiat, gave excellent results in terms of quality, timing and savings. The imposed objective to start production 24 months after styling freeze with an available budget 100.000.000.000 Lire.
In view of synergies coordinated by Fiat, the painting of the Barchetta was planned for the Bertone plant in Grugliasco. The deliveries of the Fiat Barchetta would begin in March of 1995 at the same time as its official presentation at the seventy-fifth Geneva Motor Show.
February 1995 the official photo of the Fiat Barchetta before being presented at the Geneva Motor Show.