This fantastic electric restomod features a replica of the ‘Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power’ painting in Rome. It's also trimmed in real gold!
We hear classic cars called ‘a work of art’ at least five times a day, many of them are metaphorically, but few are literal art works. This Fiat 600 Multipla worked on by Garage Italia mimics the famous ‘Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power’ of Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. It’s a car that belongs in a gallery.
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Starting with a run-of-the-mill Fiat 600 Multipla, Garage Italia stripped the classic back to its bare bones in readiness for its ‘divine’ transformation. Hoisted off the ground, this humble city car saw its oily bits removed in order to begin a complete respray. Its new pure white complexion is complimented by real gold leaf trim that runs around the circumference of the car for a truly opulent look.
However, the showstopper is to be found within the reupholstered cabin where a hand-painted replica of the ‘Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power’ is mounted on the roof. The original is to be found on the roof of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, Italy and was completed in 1639. This intricate piece is said by some scholars to depict the Barberini papal election, the outcome of which is said to be divine providence. It’s a wonderfully detailed painting, both the original and this recreation.
Art galleries are usually a quiet place of contemplation as patrons browse the wall-mounted splendour, so it’s only right that the Fiat followed suit. A silent all-electric drivetrain was fitted in place of the original 767cc Tipo engine.
It’s not the first electric Fiat 600 we’ve seen, but it is certainly the most culturally sophisticated. Electric conversions for classic cars are becoming more popular by the day — no bad thing in our eyes as its a great way to restore a classic while boosting often lacklustre performance.
This Fiat has a top speed of 60mph and an electric range in the region of 93 miles, making it the perfect courtesy car for the St. Regis luxury hotel in Italy.