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Calling all Vignale Fiat Samantha owners

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I hope to buy a Samantha from my friend Cyril in the new year as he has 2 of them. As far as we can make out only around 23 were ever built between 1968/1969. I have just been contacted by David Gough who owns this one in Australia.

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Through chatting this has got us thinking as there are so few left, it would be nice to try to bring all the owners old and new together if possible. And to try to find as many of the cars as possible. I know there is 3 in Northern Ireland, the 2 my friend owns and another one sadly now being used to prop up a farmers hedge. (More on that one at some point).
So if you own a Samantha or know someone who does, please put them in touch with this forum and we will build up a little owners forum about them.

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Davids doing well on sending me photos. He spotted this one for sale a while back.

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If I get enough interest I would be very tempted to start a web site and forum dedicated to the Samantha. But as I say, there's no point unless I get enough interest. What do owners and enthusiasts think?

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Just found out this morning the this car

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is the car my friend has and the one I hope to buy from him in the new year. As I get more details on it I will post them up. The car has been well documented apparently in a book by Michael Ward about the Lambredi engined cars.

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Just found this Samantha on Italian eBay!
http://cgi.ebay.it/FIAT---125-Vignale-Samantha_W0QQitemZ230212653458QQcmdZViewItem

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Well spotted David. Another one we can add to the list of surviving Samanthas. Needs a bit of work though.

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Hello from Spain. For a long time, i locking for pictures in internet. I have a lot of pictures and in this moment, I'm making a bloc about fiat samantha.
In a next future, i would lake buy one.
Sorry by my english

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Hello Anthony. Welcome to the Samantha section.
Please do keep us informed on how you get on looking for a Samantha. My friend hopes to have his finished very soon so I will be posting photo's once he gets it out of the garage.

Again Welcome.

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I've been so tied up with other things I forgot to post this one up. My very humble apologies to Domenic who owns this Samantha. Another one from Australia. He imported it from Milan 6 years ago. A stunner. Thank you Domenic.

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Hello Stuart. In this moment, I read your answer.
Now, I have sixty three with this two last photografs about fiat 125 coupé Samantha Vignale. I have old and modern photos about it. Some of them, actualy doesn´t exist and others are car´s photos in a bad state or cars in sale.
I continue searching more information becuse this is my hobby in my free time.
Please, if you have more photos I would like that you put in this forum.

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I've unearthed nothing more at the moment Anthony but always looking out and hoping more people find their way here.
Post up some of the photo's I'd love to see new ones.

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Hi
I own a Samantha for 2 years and it's in very good shape.

You can see some photos at my website.

I would sure like to see some of Anthonys photos.

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Good to hear from you Mogens and a very nice Samantha you have.
I think we are starting to get a good idea of how many cars are out there and how spread out they are over the world.

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Hello,
I answer recently to this forum but I think it wasn't registred.
I have a 1967 and a 1969's Samantha since about 25 years.
Please, tell me how to post some pictures in this forum. ;-)

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Hello Bruno, if you send me your email, i can send you a lot of picutures about fiat samantha vignale becouse i working three years ago about it.
My email is avispacabezo@hotmail.com

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Just came accross this site because i was thinking about a Samantha and was suprised to see some still in use I served my time as a mechanic working in a fiat garage in Edinburgh Scotland and always remember working on what i think was the only one in Scotland the running gear was out a 125 but i cant remember if it was S speck anyway that was about 1970 it was Positano yellow with alloys and black interior and was years ahead in style to any sports cars coming out of the UK Many years later i found the same car in a place not far fron my home a gentleman called Mallen had a collection of cars in his garden it was a very big garden with 60 to 70 cars and the same in vintage motor bikes I went and checked it out it was rotten i mean non repairable but now all these years later i wish i had recovered it the old gentleman died and his son got rid of the cars to where i dont know the moter bikes fetched a small fortune and the house and grounds sold to a developer who put 20 family homes on the grounds its just a pity it wasn't considerd rare enough to be looked after so i think you can scratch of the Samantha in Scotland unless someone knows better....... Scott.

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Im in Liverpool, and owned a Samantha in the early 80's, never got round to driving it, i was only about 20 years old, and the car had already started to rust severly, didnt have the skills to sort it out and have regretted it ever since. I think i have a sales brochure somewhere and a few photos of it up my path.
Virtually gave it away a short time after.

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Hello Paul,
I'm Antonio and I'm collecting all possible information about this car for my blog. Could you send me photos of samantha and advertising? thanks
fiatsamantha@gmail.com

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Hi Stuart, I would like to buy and restore a Fiat 125 S Samantha.
Do you have a color code list of this model, and possibbly Domenic's car color code?
Thank you very much if you can help me.

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Hi Stuart, I would like to buy and restore a Fiat 125 S Samantha.
Do you have a color code list of this model, and possibbly Domenic's car color code?
Thank you very much if you can help me.


Hi Mauro
I'm afraid I don't have the codes but I'm sure one of the guys will be able to help.

I know of 2 Samantha's that are coming up for sale. One is fully restored to as new condition and even has the engine re-built by Guy Croft. It was actually the car that was used in the photo outside Blenim palace, if you google Vignale Samantha in images it is the white one with the newly married couple beside it. It's silver now.

The same person also has a 69 red one that needs complete restoration and it was used in the twin Fiat engined car book written by Guy Croft.

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Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know that I've just "inherit" of a French 125S Samantha.

Would need some help for finding some parts, and other information about the S-series.

However, it's 100% complete and conform (up to the original car-radio) and only need to upgrade some things.

Thx !

Kind regards from the French Riviera.

Danny.

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Hi Danny and All,

The legacy of your new custom-built Vignale is a wonderful news!!! I love the S Samantha because my mother had it when I was a child, so I remember it very well, with all its details.

I was lucky enough to find and buy a 125 S Samantha two months ago, completely to restore, so for me a hard work starts now.....

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Hi, I know of a fiat 125 Samantha that is in a bad state of repair. It has been sat in a container for around 20 years. Its damp and rusty, does anyone have any idea how much it would be worth and if there is demand for the car in such poor condition.

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Hi,

I have just bougth a red Samantha in France. Unfortunately it has been thinkered with and the front seats have been lost, by one of the previous owners.

I guess chances of finding two restorable seats are slim, so I would be happy if someone could mail me detailed pictures of the seat so I could try to have some recreated from scratch.

All help appreciated!

Best regards,

Yves

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Hi all, I love the shape and engine in these forgotten classics.
Can someone tell me the approx valuation for a restoration project (complete) and is it a no no to start with due to parts being so hard to find.
Will a restored example recoup the restoration cost which will probably cost 25 to 30k pounds sterling.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

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Hi!

My name is Erik and I live in Oslo, Norway.
I bought a Vignale Samantha two days ago in Stockholm, Sweden.
I drove the car from Stockholm to Oslo, more than 500km.
Worked like a charm.



I would like to get in contact with other owners of this beautiful car.
It would be nice with a Samantha Register.
Can that be arranged?

Erik

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