We live in a period of many references to earlier times, many objects and icons of the last century  are being recovered and brought back to life with the XXIst century lines achieved through technological innovation today. In the automobile sector those were the stories behind great reference models like the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mini by BWM.

Arch2o-Fiat 127 concept a tribute to Pio Manzu  David Obendorfer (14)

Courtesy of David Obendorfer

The Fiat 127, Pio Manzu is also one of these examples. A car of the 70’s (1971) groundbreaking in its time, sober, very rational and designed to be a quintessential citycar. Like other Fiat, the 127 showed distinct lines of cars at the time, showed already a sign of what it would be and was the Italian design.

Arch2o-Fiat 127 concept a tribute to Pio Manzu  David Obendorfer (12)

Courtesy of David Obendorfer

Make a restyling of a car with such nostalgic lines attractive for our days could mean two things, a huge commercial failure or a loss of identity of the new 127. With this in mind, designer David Obendorfer tried to recreate the 70s  Fiat 127 with stylish, aerodynamical lines, showing the old 127 character design without ever losing references the old model.

Arch2o-Fiat 127 concept a tribute to Pio Manzu  David Obendorfer (13)

Courtesy of David Obendorfer

Using the same platform of other models of the Fiat group (Fiat Punto and Alfa Mito) designers created what will be the natural evolution of a model as charismatic, more streamlined, a little longer, with an interior that closely resembles the old Fiat 127, but with the technology of today.

Arch2o-Fiat 127 concept a tribute to Pio Manzu  David Obendorfer (17)

Courtesy of David Obendorfer

This car can be a good surprise if it reaches the streets, although it little resembles the old 127 it can really be a top young citycar.

By Luis Pina Lopes

Courtesy of David Obendorfer

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