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Click above for hi-res gallery of the Portofino

Fiat took one of its Fiorino vans, chopped off, well, most of it, and dubbed it the Portofino. Supposedly no more than a study for the Caravan Show that starts in Dusseldorf later this week, the golden, buggy-like conveyance is an homage to the 1960s. In a time before Fiat was building $200,000 supercars, coachbuilders were adding open-topped bodies to Fiat chassis like this for fun in the Italian sun.

To stress the beachgoing theme, the Portofino has wood laminate flooring and natural fibers treated with a special waterproofing for the interior surfaces. The car can (optimistically) seat five, and the rear seat folds down for your surfboards and anchors.

Instead of doors, the Portofino has nautical ropes -- which might sound risky, but the 12-foot car only has 75 horsepower, so you shouldn't be getting in too much trouble. Fiat has no plans to make the Portofino, but says it will create a covered version for protection from win and sun. Andiamo, then...

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Call it the Jolly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it. if a had a lot of money, for more than many boats and more than many autos, i would totally but this...thing. its a design meant to reach the 6th or 7th car status. for example
      1st R35
      2nd Ferrari F430
      3rd Range Rover Sport
      4th Porche GT2
      5th R8
      6th EVO# (any number)
      7th Civic Si
      8th ZR-1 (HEHE...)
      ok i keep thinking about other cars to get. I guess i would never buy this thing but if i had it as a gift or anything i would like it!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously who needs side impact beams??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that a velvet rope door? Seriously? Am a going into a car or a gay nightclub?
      • 6 Years Ago
      that rocks. man if i had my 100' yacht i would have one of these to unload everytime i dock...... i see the ropes as more Hugh Heffner (sp?) less gay bar.. but that was f'n funny.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, if I had a 100' yacht, I would put this thing on it, sail it out to the middle of the ocean, and push it off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...that car sucks a lot. It's slightly upsetting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like a bad song stuck in my head, I am going to see this all day long. It should be cool, it should work, it fails badly instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't look any less safe than a wrangler with the half doors installed :)