was born in 1913. As a seventeen year old boy he already worked for Stabilimenti Farina, then
managed by Giovanni Farina, the older brother of Pinin.
He became an allround technician and his first
steps in coachbuilding only started at his mid
thirties when he traded an old motorbike for a Fiat Topolino.
The coach work of the Topolino was so rusty that
Alfredo decided to give it an aluminium body. A second body for a Topolino was made and this one even got attention from
the English ‘Autocar’ magazine.
In 1948 the Carrozzeria Vignale
was founded at Via Cigliano, Turin. It became a well known Italian coachbuilding company. Vignale
designed and built cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia and many others.
Alfredo Vignale also started producing cars under
his own name. In 1961 he opened a factory near Fiat's Mirafiori factory in Crugliasco/Turin. [The Vignale
logo shows the famous church in Turin].
In this factory a whole range of Vignale cars was
produced using conveyor-belt production methods.
Mainly using rolling chassis from Fiat the following cars were built:
In December 1969 Alfredo sold his Carrozzeria Vignale to DeTomaso Automobili. DeTomaso, like the Ghia Studios, already belonged to Ford's Italian product
development group. Three days after having sold his company, Alfredo died in
a car crash while driving a Maserati...
being a very modern factory, was used to built the
mid-engine DeTomaso Pantera