Italy's automotive legacy...

National Automobile Museum of Torino

Torino is the base of Italy’s national car maker, Fiat. As a natural consequence, Torino is home to the country’s automobile museum.

Thus, the Museum is an important part of Italy's automotive heritage and a unique documentation center. A rich library of reviews, books and archives provide valuable information about the history of the automobile. The collection features many rare and exclusive documents as well as thousands of original photographs -it is worth noting that about 9.000 out of the total of 25.000 images are available online.

The modern building is based on a futuristic architectural design which is pleasing to the eye. The exhibition halls are very hospitable, well maintained, with airy foyers and multiple conference facilities, meeting rooms and enough space for social and corporate events.

There are three levels which showcase the origins of automotive technology and an extensive collection of vintage automobiles. A special section is dedicated to automotive design with lots of historical names of car design being nicely portrayed in the hall's walls.

As a result, if Torino is your next destination, take some time to visit the Museum, learn more about Italy's contribution to the automotive world and get a whole new perspective of the auto industry's past.

✎ Savas Kalfas, Managing Director, Auto Business Review, Fall 2017

 

☆Photography & Project by autobeauty.xyz & Auto Business Review (abr.gr)

 

The story went exactly like this: the lady with the big round beige hat parked her black 190SL in style. She walked away with complete confidence and left the car behind -although parking is strictly forbidden in downtown Florence!... Everybody rushed to take a photo or two -luckily, I was one of those! It seems that a rare vintage car can bypass the traffic rules of Florence... No offence, a rare 190SL can add drama to the beauty of a romantic city like Florence, therefore, we would definitely forgive that pretty lady and thank her for spicing up our daily life! An extensive collection of historic vehicles from the early 20th century is a glimpse to the initial days of the automotive world.

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I caught this cute red 500 hiding in a small street at the port of Genova. Although illegally parked, nobody would complain as the Cinquecento is always welcome! The Museum's corners feature many staged exhibits that creatively blend each car's story with its natural environment.

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Palazzo Reale di Torino... The presence of the Carabinieri car sounds like a paraphony, however, one would certainly need some kind of security at the heart of this lovely city! A sexy red Cisitalia 202 is a symbol of Italian sports car racing! The name of the make is the acronym for "Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia", a venture of the legendary industrialist Piero Dusio.

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The story went exactly like this: the lady with the big round beige hat parked her black 190SL in style. She walked away with complete confidence and left the car behind -although parking is strictly forbidden in downtown Florence!... Everybody rushed to take a photo or two -luckily, I was one of those! It seems that a rare vintage car can bypass the traffic rules of Florence... No offence, a rare 190SL can add drama to the beauty of a romantic city like Florence, therefore, we would definitely forgive that pretty lady and thank her for spicing up our daily life! The floor below the red Cinquecento is a map of Torino with many indicators showing the exact location of the city's historic automotive names and places.

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I caught this cute red 500 hiding in a small street at the port of Genova. Although illegally parked, nobody would complain as the Cinquecento is always welcome! The Fiat Turbina is a most interesting exhibit as that unusual concept car used a gas turbine for propulsion.

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Palazzo Reale di Torino... The presence of the Carabinieri car sounds like a paraphony, however, one would certainly need some kind of security at the heart of this lovely city! Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Sprint in the classic Alfa Rosso paintwork is a representative symbol of Italian automotive heritage.

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The story went exactly like this: the lady with the big round beige hat parked her black 190SL in style. She walked away with complete confidence and left the car behind -although parking is strictly forbidden in downtown Florence!... Everybody rushed to take a photo or two -luckily, I was one of those! It seems that a rare vintage car can bypass the traffic rules of Florence... No offence, a rare 190SL can add drama to the beauty of a romantic city like Florence, therefore, we would definitely forgive that pretty lady and thank her for spicing up our daily life! A museum without a 2CV is a cardinal sin!... Thank God, the Italians got it right!

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I caught this cute red 500 hiding in a small street at the port of Genova. Although illegally parked, nobody would complain as the Cinquecento is always welcome! Château Morgan Moulis En Médoc 1969 red wine. Pair with beef, lamb, game (deer, venison) and poultry. Perhaps the museum's exhibit suggests to take extra caution when drinking this rare wine and then driving your Morgan!...

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Palazzo Reale di Torino... The presence of the Carabinieri car sounds like a paraphony, however, one would certainly need some kind of security at the heart of this lovely city! This display is a nice touch of British tradition... Mrs. Emma Peel from the historic TV series "The Avengers" lifting a Peel P50 three-wheeled microcar! What a girl indeed!!!...

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The story went exactly like this: the lady with the big round beige hat parked her black 190SL in style. She walked away with complete confidence and left the car behind -although parking is strictly forbidden in downtown Florence!... Everybody rushed to take a photo or two -luckily, I was one of those! It seems that a rare vintage car can bypass the traffic rules of Florence... No offence, a rare 190SL can add drama to the beauty of a romantic city like Florence, therefore, we would definitely forgive that pretty lady and thank her for spicing up our daily life! A long wall full of car designer names plus a video wall with commentaries featuring Chris Bangle, Aldo Brovarone, Walter De Silva, Leonardo Fioravanti, Marcello Gandini, Fabrizio Giugiaro, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Flavio Manzoni, Paolo Pininfarina, Mike Robinson, Tom Tjaarda and Andrea Zagato.

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I caught this cute red 500 hiding in a small street at the port of Genova. Although illegally parked, nobody would complain as the Cinquecento is always welcome! The name of Andreas Zapatinas, a Greek contemporary international car designer, stands out in the Museum's auto design Hall of Fame.

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