1952 Lancia Aurelia B53 Giardinetta by Viotti

Carrozzeria Viotti, an Italian coachbuilder established in 1921, gained success by producing both exclusive custom vehicles and more affordable yet high-quality cars. After World War II, they introduced the “Giardinetta,” a functional wooden wagon that became synonymous with the Italian term for “station wagon.”

These wagons served as both practical vehicles and showcases of craftsmanship during a declining era of coachbuilding. Viotti created refined versions on upscale chassis, including the Lancia Aurelia, which featured a powerful V6 engine.

Only a limited number of these Giardinetta wagons were produced, with just two surviving examples on the B53 chassis, known for their stylish design by Giovanni Michelotti.

Source: RM Sotheby’s