While vacationing in Italy with her husband Edmond Herrsher (Founder of Century City and Director for 20th Century Fox), Dorothea Herrsher purchased the car from Alfredo Vignale himself at a price of over $6,000.
Vignale Cabriolet History
This unique Fiat 1400 Cabriolet was bodied by Carrozzeria Vignale of Turin specifically for the 1952 Turin Motor Show. The car was designed by Giovanni Michelotti with sketches shown in the March 1952 issue of Road and Track magazine.
Fiat introduced the 1400 in 1950 which marked Fiat’s first all new post war model. The Fiat 1400 immediately became a favorite with the Italian designers & coach builders.
This Fiat 1400 Cabriolet debuted in April 1952 Turin Motor Show and went on to be shown in Europe including the Concorso d’Eleganza dell’Automobile di Villa Borghese in Rome in June 1952, where it was captured on film by the Luce newsreel cameras driving through the Pincio Gardens.