Fina Sport Convertible by Vignale

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Sport Convertible by Vignale





The Fina-Sport was an American automobile manufactured from 1953 until 1954. The brainchild of Perry Fina, it used a 210 hp (160 kW) Cadillac V-8 engine and Hydramatic transmission mounted on a Ford chassis. Styling of both convertibles and hardtops was by Vignale.

The first Fina Sport was built as a coupe, its power came from a Cadillac motor reworked by the Finas to give 300bhp. For its design, he could proudly proclaim, "We made arrangements with the Vignale Company of Torino Italy, for our coachwork and they do such an excellent job for us that our Fina Sport, with its elegant interior appointments and all leather work, is the most beautiful sports family car in America."

It debuted at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Finas confidence in its potential was immediately rewarded with a Grand Prix award in the Custom Sports Car class. The follow up to this was a convertible version, which two years later, when ready it was shown in Philadelphia at the Autorama, where it was lauded with the Concours d'Elegance prize.

It is not entirely clear why the cars never made it into a more full blown production sequence, there was certainly promotion and a marketing push, but as far as anyone is aware just three automobiles were produced, a coupe and two convertibles. The price tag of $14,000 is often cited as the reason.

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