FCA Heritage has renovated their workshop which has for the last five years catered to countless customers and added to the collection. All cars of the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth can avail the services of Officine Classiche.
Fiat’s department tasked with the conservation and promotion of the brand’s heritage named FCA Heritage (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has opened their new restoration and certification atelier (workshop) under the Officine Classiche which has been fully renovated and expanded to meet the growing demands of customers with classic cars. The atelier will be responsible for the certifications of authenticity to maintenance. The brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth previously did these tasks individually until 2015 when the Heritage was formed to bring all those operations under one roof for these brands.
The main mission of the Officine Classiche is to enhance the heritage of the brands assimilated inside the FCA. Roberto Giolito, Head of heritage at FCA says, “ Our legacy continues to inspire the models of tomorrow, of course more sustainable and better connected, but that can’t be done without that Italian beauty that has always marked out our ‘works of art’ on four wheels.”
The renovations have made the Atelier a symbol of FCA Heritage in itself and follows in the footsteps of the headquarters – HeritageHub- which was inaugurated last year and the latest Heritage gallery at the Mirafiori Motor Village. Inspiration has been derived from the legendary Stabilimento di Mirafiori, the oldest and the largest European industrial complex continually in operation. The walls have been redone to depict the production line at Turin, iconic images of models of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth. Even though the workshop is inside the factory it seems very much welcoming and has the same vibe as that of the Heritage Hub and Gallery located elsewhere in the factory.
Started in 2015 post the merger of Fiat and Chrysler, the workshop sits on the Mirafiori Workshop no. 83 in Turin and covers an area of 6000 square meters which has come from 900 square meters that it covered in 2015. The workshop consists of 12 hoists, machine tools a separate line for the most accurate finishes-with an individual part paint cabin- included. Mopar, the part manufacturer for Chrysler helped in the layout of the workshop and setting up of the equipment. Cars both owned by privateers as well as ones from the collection of FCA Heritage can get certified, repaired and maintained at the workshop. The workshop has certified close to 500 cars owned by individuals and carried out multiple restorations.
The workshop prides itself on the accuracy and quality of the work done, which is achieved by using original data from the archives of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth brands. The specialists of the FCA Heritage team have years of experience of working on classic cars, and along with being responsible for the care of the FCA Collection they are the ones who take care of customer cars. Full range of services are provided, from restoration, repair, mechanical and aesthetic and testing.
The workshop is also the authority which grants the “Certification of Authenticity”, this is done by physical examination of the body and technical aspects of the car, then verified with the production data and technical specifications. FCA grants the certification and gives a valuation of the vehicle. Each car goes through an extensive evaluation process done by the team of experts, who check the authenticity of the vehicle and its parts and the functionality. The team can even fly over at the owner’s behest and do the authentication process at the residence, this service is provided for all the brands services by the FCA Heritage.
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