Between 1995 and 26 July 2004 ,STOLA s.p.a built over fifty production car models for the Mercedes Style Center , these were "see through", "full", "aerodynamic", "scale" and "interior" exterior models.
An extraordinary breadth of work in which design was always provided by the Mercedes Style Centers, initially under the direction of Bruno Sacco, and from 1999 onwards by Peter Pfeiffer.
Designers were sent from the styling centers around the world to take up residency at the Rivoli model shop.
Bruno SaccoPeter Pfeiffer
The Mercedes designer and Stola modellers
Klaus BusseHartmunt SinkwitzSteffen Kohel
Peter ArcadipaneGorden WagenerSteve Mattin
Michael MauerMurat GunakCristopher Benjamin
It was often requested of STOLA s.p.a. to build more and more different models for the same car "Class".
Over time, among the Mercedes designers and Stola modelers, valued personal relationships and mutual technical appreciations were formed.
Speed and quality, combined with the harmony between colleagues allowed every possible change requested by the customer to be implemented, reinforcing the mutual esteem between the management of Sindelfingen and that of Rivoli.
1996 Rivoli a souvenir photo with the three designers Klaus Busse, Hartmunt Sinkwitz and
Steffen Kohel sitting on the floor The modelers of the Stola recognize themselves Ardagna,
Badino, A. Porzio, Samuelli, G. Federico, Domenino, Cena, Tassone, Sbeghen.
Stola modelers who worked for Mercedes between 1994 and 2004.Stola modelers who worked for Mercedes between 1994 and 2004.
October 2000. Alpignano railway station. The group of modelers of the Stola on an award trip to the Paris Motor Show with the opportunity to see the Smart Coupè
Rivoli 1998. Some modelers of STOLA s.p.a. together with Mercedes designer Marcello Sordo during the development of the future medium-duty M2 106 of the Freightliner. We recognize Della Rocca, Marcello Sordo, Cogerino, x, y, w.
It is difficult to recall in detail all the production styling models made in nine years, both exteriors and interiors, but many were for the "C-Class" Mercedes.
It is impossible (and futile) to say which of these style models built at Rivoli eventually went into production.
The reason is that once transported to Sindelfingen they competed with the many other models built internally by Mercedes.
Among these many works, in a sector that was more "Concept" than "Production" we cannot forget 3 advanced concepts, truck cabs for South America, an interior that was perhaps the first in the world completely designed and built for "Full Ambient Light" and a SLK, never revealed in public which was the embryo of the B-Class.
1996 in Rivoli in Stola spa six different style models of the C-Class SportCoupè W203 are produced at the same time
1996 in Rivoli in Stola s.p.a. the style model of this CL C 215 was not built but the master mathematical verification including the mathematics of surfaces created with the Mercedes stylist alongside.
1996 Rivoli in Stola s.p.a. two proposals of style models of the SL-Class R 230 are made.
1997 Rivoli in Stola s.p.a. the model of the SLK R 170 in spider version is not built but yes, a beautiful Shooting-Brake version. It never went into production.
Half 1997 in Stola s.p.a. two proposals of style models of the C-Class estate W 203 are made.
End of 1997 in Stola s.p.a. two proposals of style models of the type Viano W 639 are made.
Rivoli 1998 in Stola s.p.a. a style model proposal for the future Freightliner M2 106 truck is created. The style is from the Mercedes Benz Design Center.
Rivoli 1999 in Stola s.p.a. two exterior styling models and one interior of the E-Class W 211 are finished.
1999 in Stola s.p.a. two proposals of style models of the restyling of the CLK W209 are made.
Rivoli 2000 in Stola s.p.a. a very "Concept" style model of the B Class W 245 is created for the Mercedes Style Center to create the versions for actual production.
Rivoli 2000 in Stola s.p.a. a style model of the exterior and interior of the Smart Roadster is created aimed at production.
Rivoli in June 2000 is made only one model of outdoor style of the S-Class W221. A few months later a particular concept was created for the Como Style Center of interiors designed for an innovative "Full Ambient Light".
Rivoli 2001 in Stola s.p.a. Three style models of the CLS C219 are made. First two sedans and then a station wagon. The sedan style model chosen was used by Mercedes to build the CLS Vision in Sindelfingen then presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. The conceptual idea of the Shooting-Brake it was then revived many years later on the next series X218 presented in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show.
Rivoli 2001 in Stola s.p.a. four style models of the ML-Class W164 are produced simultaneously, one of which with an even longer wheelbase.
In March 2004, Alfredo Stola, as on many other occasions,was called to Germany by Peter Pfeiffer. The reason was the future model of the W212 E-Class.
We agreed to produce three style proposals as soon as possible to "See Through in Hard Material" models.
These three production models were finished at the end of June of the same year, and would also be the last ones personally followed by Alfredo before leaving the presidency of STOLA s.p.a.
Rivoli June 2004 in Stola s.p.a. two style models of the E-Class W 212 are finished.
The symbol of the Stola s.p.a. "no style design" guarantee of neutrality towards all the Style Centers in the world.Ten exciting and unforgettable years, important work carried out with, and for extraordinary people.
Dozens, dozens and dozens of show cars and models built under the total stylistic direction of the Mercedes Design Centers have made this work experience unique.
The aquaintances and friendships formed with great car professionals received either in Rivoli's model shop, or Mercedes global headquarters, during the execution of over eighty projects, including show cars, concepts and production models, will remain forever in the memory.
With the occasion of the centenary, the "100 Years of Work of the Stola Family", it is a duty to remember these people:
Bruno Sacco, Harald Leschke, Peter Pfeiffer, Gorden Wagener, Steffen Khoel, Jürgen Weissinger, Peter Arcadipane, Klaus Busse, Hartmut Sinkwitz, Michael Mauer, Steve Mattin, Andrea Deufel, Gerhard Honer, Joseph Gallitzendorf, Sielaf, Mürat Gunak Franz Lecher, Jürgen Hubbert, Dieter Zetsche, Antony Lou, Hans Dieter Futchik, Karl Henz Bauer, Hans Jooss, Olivier Boulay, Arno Jambor, Andreas Langenbeck, Johann Tomforde, Gerhard Steinle, Jürgen Bollmann, Verena Close, Stefan Sielaff, Michele Paganetti, Benjamin Dimson, Christopher Rhoades, Rood. Michael Fink, Uwe Haller, Gunter Holzel, Thomas Hase, Antony Lo, Kramer e Mark Fetherson, Hainz Jurgen Neu, Roland Schowob, Gary Jary Jackson, Uwe Frederking, Gerhard Hauser, Norbert Braun, Hans Peter Jordan, Jurgen Benkwitz, Jens Martens, Frank Roth, Mark Porter, Andreas Fischer, Stephan Domin, Uwe Escher, Martin Hart, Rolf Kimmerle, Sven Lange, Gerd Seiderfaden, Thomas Wunderlik, Simone Graf, Ertelt Carsten, Hans Günter Möller, these were the men of Mercedes, Smart e Maybach in this era.