"learning never tires the mind"
Leonardo Da Vinci
Nicknamed "CIAO" (which is Italian for "Hello") this logo is arguably one of the most memorable in World Cup history. This stick man with his green, red and white body (a tricolour paying homage to the Italian flag) with his football for a head was omnipresent throughout the World Cup in 1990, appearing in the opening credits of each game and post tournament montages. Merchandise with CIAO emblazoned on it was popular then, and now.
West Germany emerged victorious in this World Cup, narrowly beating Argentina on a penalty in the Final, making Franz Beckenbaur the first person to lift the trophy as both a player and team coach. Gazza's tears are remembered by a nation as England was beaten in the semi-finals on missed penalties - Italy clinched third place, having lost to Argentina in the last four.
FIAT was a major sponsor of the 1990 World Cup and the special edition "Italia 90" Fiat Panda was sold in many European markets during the spring and summer of 1990. Based on a standard white 750cc Panda, this special edition included unique graphics (a green and red pin stripe creating the tricolour of the Italian flag and "CIAO" on the rear quarter panels) a custom interior fabric (Azzurri blue fabric with "CIAO" logos stitched on the back panels - the Italian football team play in this blue) and perhaps the most well known feature - the football hubcaps! (However these appear only to be for the Italian and UK markets - all other European markets got solid white hubcaps)
Fiat also commissioned 12 convertible Pandas, one for each of the stadiums hosting matches. These were driven on the pitch before the game started.
Formed in 2018, the main purpose was to track down and unite the owners of surviving examples, both in the UK and worldwide. There are currently no accurate figures about how many were supplied into each market, however we have identified 28 cars which survive worldwide. We have 9 survivors in the UK, 13 in Italy, 3 in Germany and one in each of Portugal, Croatia & Netherlands. All UK owners are members of the register are active participants in both FIAT specific shows, and on the wider classic car scene.
We welcome both owners and admirers to be a part of the register, and help promote this wonderfully quirky little car.
2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of Italia'90 and the launch of this special little car, and it was also the 40th Anniversary of the launch of the FIAT Panda. Many of us had planned to attend not only local and national shows, but also to take part in the annual Pandas to Pandino meeting in Italy. Unfortunately the current worldwide health crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic meant the cancellation of most scheduled events.
We all look forward to some normality later in 2021 and we encourage all members to observe government advice to ensure their safety and well being. We look forward to the future lifting of restrictions and announcements of future events to bring us all together again.