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The Turin Motor Show was relaunched in 1998, Roberto and Alfredo decided to take part.
At the end of August 1997 a new ambitious Show Car project began, its name was the Stola Monotipo for the Abarth brand.
A new prototype built by STOLA and designed by their friend Aldo Brovarone had among its most evident characteristics vertical opening doors.

Torino settembre 1997 presso l'abitazione di Aldo Brovarone Alfredo Stola ammira le prime illustrazioni del maestro.Turin September 1997 at the home of Aldo Brovarone Alfredo Stola admires the first illustrations of the master.

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Car Styling journalist.

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The Monotipo was a demonstration to customers highlighting STOLA's abilities in using autoclave-formed carbon fiber.
This new Abarth, once again derivesd from the Fiat Barchetta, was another Stola tribute to the Turin car manufacturer.

 

SEPTEMBER 1997

In parallel to the Monotype, STOLA built the Crab styling model for IED of Turin.
The goal of the design school was to present at the Turin Motor Show in April 1998 on the Fiat stand.
The style was by Luca Borgogno, and the whole project was part of his thesis at the end of the car design course.

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Rivoli, Novembre 1997. L'architetto Ermanno Crissoni, Alfredo Stola e l'Ingegner Carlo Fugazza.Rivoli, November 1997. The architect Ermanno Crissoni, Alfredo Stola and the Engineer Carlo Fugazza.Rivoli Febbraio 1998. Il modello della Crab quasi finito presso il box di stile al secondo piano.Rivoli February 1998. The almost finished Crab model in the style box on the second floor.

Rivoli, March 1998. The last touches on the model before the official photo.Rivoli, March 1998. The last touches on the model before the official photo.

An interesting story because Fiat was the sponsor and the work supervised by their Managers Luciano Bove, Carlo Fugazza and by the Director of the Fiat Style Center Ermanno Cressoni.

Turin April 1998. The Crab model inside the Fiat stand at the Turin Motor Show.Turin April 1998. The Crab model inside the Fiat stand at the Turin Motor Show.

 

MID-SEPTEMBER 1997

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.

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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 StolaRivoli 1997, the design of the designer Oluf Bendixen homage to Team Stola

04Among 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.

 

AUTUMN 1997

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02Roberto StolaIn the autumn of 1997, Stola s.p.a. founded the company Stola do Brasil with a production site located in Belo Horizonte.
This was in the same region ,Minas Gerais, where F.I.A.S.A., acronym for Fiat Automoveis S.A., had been located for many years. Stola do Brasil was proposed as an out sourcing factory dedicated to the Fiat Palio world car, specifically to the areas of sheet metal molding, sub assemblies and above all in the construction of raw bodies, to be delivered just in time, to the nearby F.I.A.S.A. site at Betim.
For the Stola family, this South American experience, lasting over six and a half years, was without any doubt the most complex undertaking in terms of human energy, technical intelligence and financial commitment.
Millions of sheet metal parts were stamped, as many subgroups welded and about 300,000 raw bodies constructed.
A 100,000-square-meter factory staffed by a workforce of 1,200 people divided into three shifts illustrate the investment of 2001 and tell of an industrial vision created out of the stubborn will of Roberto Stola.

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NOVEMBER 1997

In November 1997, Stola s.p.a. is involved in the construction of the exterior styling model of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 947 which will later be called 147.
The three and four door versions will be built on the same style model. The design is from the Alfa Romeo Style Center in Arese directed by Wolfgang Egger.
The complete engineering project will then be entrusted to the Stola.

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