Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5
In 1957 Triumph
took Giovanni Michelotti of Turin under contract. He was a fertile stylist in the Italian manner, and his first design on a TR3 chassis appeared at the Geneva show the same year. Later he designed the bodies of the Triumph Herald
and Triumph Spitfire
The Italia prototype was a fixed-head coupe on the standard TR3a chassis, built by Vignale and shown on its coachbuilder's stand at the Turin Motor Show in November 1958
. It looked advanced for its day, with gracefully elegant lines, and if you like that sort of thing it's hard to see how it could be done better.
A later version was actually put in production by Vignale as the Italia 2000. The cars were built at the rate of one a day through most of 1959
, on rolling chassis bought from England. They weren't as pretty as the prototype, however some had the radiator tucked away neatly under its Lotus
-like nose, while the series cars had a conventional grille with jutting headlights on either side.
About 300 were made, mostly with left-hand drive.