Fiat Lingotto (race track): transparent rectangular glass paperweight.
Fiat Lingotto (race track) Transparent Rectangular Glass Paperweight. For all you classic car and racing enthusiasts out there! We really love this paperweight: a souvenir piece for Fiat Lingotto, Turin, Italy, with 3D image of the factory and roof top race track, etched within a rectangular transparent glass block.
If you have ever seen 1960s film ‘The Italian Job’ (Michael Caine), then you will recognise the race track as it was used in the film!
It is really difficult to photograph, as it is transparent and made from colourless glass. Light reflects and refracts off every surface!
The rectangular glass block, with bevelled edges, measures: 10cm length x 6cm width x 6cm height.
The image of the Fiat Lingotto race track and factory is white and can be viewed in each plane. The 3D image is approximately 9cm length x 4cm height x 3.5cm width.
The paperweight weighs approximately 910g unpacked. It would look great on a desk or bureau in a bright room where light can reflect off its surface. Be careful not to place it in direct sunlight!
Read about the history of Fiat Lingotto below.
Some History for you:
Fiat, Lingotto was built in 1923. At the time it was the largest and most modern car manufacturing plant in Europe, both architecturally and in terms of car production. The 500m-long, five-storey building was equipped with a rooftop test track.
The factory’s assembly line was very innovative. It began at the ground floor and ended on the top level, where cars were taken for a test run around the track! Spiralling ramps inside the building allowed the cars to be driven back down and into showrooms.
The factory closed in 1982 and Fiat held a competition for its redevelopment. The commission was won by Architect Renzo Piano (whom also designed the New York Times building, and London’s ‘the Shard’. The iconic factory and race track was transformed into a public space complete with shopping centre, theatre, hotels, and art gallery. A helipad and, bubble-shaped, blue glass meeting room were added to the roof.