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A tribute to Pio Manzu – ‘FIAT 127 concept’ by David Obendorfer
FIAT127 (1971) vs. FIAT 127 concept
images courtesy David Obendorfer

Designed according to the stylistic canons of the 1970s, the resurrection of Pio Manzù’s FIAT 127 is quite risky: the original model
was one of the first truly innovative cars of the 70s designed to be rational in style with clean volumes and pure, simple lines.
The danger of creating a car already seasoned at birth, as it were, with an imperceptible nostalgic effect is that it may not be
particularly attractive. With this being said, designer David Obendorfer tries to unite the past and future in one car of updated
proportions and boasting with the unique combination forms influened by the model launched in 1971 with high-tech
solutions such as a multifunctional touch screen in the center of the dashboard.


nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127

Enlarged in size compared to the original model, the FIAT 127 concept is based on the fiat punto-alfa mito platform. 
The minimalist
interior follows the same rational concept featuring nostalgic elements that give a strong personality to the dashboard. The circular
vents in the center, the chrome handles and the design of the two-spoke steering wheel are clear references to the first 127 model.


nostalgic concept of a b-segment-hatchback inspired by the legendary 127


minimalist-nostalgic interior with voice command system and multifunctional touch screen


exterior renderings


exterior renderings

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exterior renderings


high performance abarth version


abarth 127 concept



design sketches for the fiat 127 concept

via designboom


2 responses

  1. Sasha Selipanov

    fantastic project. enjoyed it a lot.

    March 20, 2013 at 13:52

    • Hi Sasha! Your compliments means a lot! Thanks for following DORODESIGNBLOG

      March 20, 2013 at 16:46

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