Daihatsu by Vignale
The Compagno was available as a 2 door sedan and as a Spider. It had either a 797cc 41hp engine or a 958cc 55hp engine. In 1967 Daihatsu merged with Toyota.
1964 Daihatsu Sport Cabriolet Prototype
This car was shown on the Vignale stand at the Turin motor show in 1964. It never went into production.
The book 'The Complete History of the Japanese Car' says that the 'Daihatsu 1000' was designed by Vignale. The second generation Compagno has a 958cc engine, so this is probably what they are refering to.
The 'Motor Magazine International' from the mid 1970s featured an article that talked about alked the different Japanese car makers that employed European designers in the 1960s. It was called 'A few thoughts on Japanese car design'. Offcourse Vignale was mentioned as well. Other European designers were:
Pininfarina: 1964 Datsun Bluebird and 1966 Nissan Cedric
Alberect Goertz: Nissan Silvia
Bertone: Mazda 1500
Michelotti: Hino Contessa and Prince Skyline Sport
Ghia: Isuzu 117 coupe.
Many thanks to Alan Bent for text and images.
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