The Fiat Panda is one of Fiat’s most succesfull cars, and is considered by many to be one of the best citycars of all time.
In the summer of 1976 Fiat gave the then newborn Italdesign, founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aldo Mantoani, the ideation of the car’s design, which was completed in a few weeks with the initial name of “Zero”. Shortly after, the two designers began to collaborate with the FIAT technical office, where the design of the front-wheel drive chassis, signed “Progetto 141”, was launched, which was expected to be particularly complex, given the initial requests to be able to mount the different engines from the 126 and the 127, on 3-door and 5-door car bodies. The 5-door solution was later abandoned.
The Panda’s design was very simple and basic, but also modern for the era, and is considered by Giugiaro himself to be his best work. It was a brave idea. It had to be for everyone, with a 3-door body with two volumes 338 cm long, but above all 146 cm wide and 145 cm high, with proportions built on the essentiality of the overall dimensions, with strictly flat crystals to reduce costs and then futuristic solutions , like the classic handles replaced by a recess in the doors, which was later adopted in 1983 by Fiat’s own 3-door Uno.
Presented by Romano Pisciotti