Mid-September 1997 the Honda’s. european design Center in Germany, directed by Yozaburo Yamashita and assisted by Martin Glodzbach, required STOLA s.p.a to build two exterior styling models.
The models in question refer to the future seventh generation Civic, a real icon of this Japanese brand.
The meeting with Honda , takes place after several visits to the town of Offenbach aimed at illustrating the advantages of the "hard see-through models " compared to the traditional clay model.
January 1998 in Stola s.p.a. two different proposals for style models of the future VII generation of the Honda Civic are completed. The design is directed by the Honda Europe Style Center.
A very positive experience that continued in the years to come for other proposals of production style models as well as for advanced design studies for Accord, Jazz and other Civics.
Although STOLA s.p.a. never worked directly with the Honda Style Centre in Japan there were numerous visits by their managers to Rivoli.
A notable memory was a meeting followed by an unforgettable lunch organized by Mitsushi Yabe representative of STOLA s.p.a. in Tokyo Japan with the engineer Hirotoshi Honda founder of Mugen, at the time a leader in F1 engines motor sport in general.
Rivoli 1997, the design of the designer Oluf Bendixen homage to Team Stola
Among the Honda designers living in Rivoli for these Civic projects, Oluf Bendixen will give a beautiful drawing of a futuristic Formula 1 with the names of the Team Stola reported: Stefano Ardagna, Carlo Cavaglià, Lucio Giarolo and Giochino Grande.