It may have had spindly little tyres, two doors and a teeny 1.0-litre 48bhp engine, but when Fiat gave the Giugiaro-designed Panda a Steyr-Puch AWD system it instantly made the little thing a ‘goat’ in both the internet slang and mountain-climbing animal senses of the word.
We love the Panda 4×4 here at TG, and so we were delighted to hear about Garage Italia’s latest project – a restomod version of the go-anywhere tyke. Garage Italia, of course, is the ‘creative hub’ founded by Lapo Elkann, the grandson of one Gianni Agnelli. It had to be Fiat then.
But there won’t just be one iteration of the new/old Panda 4×4 – there are four more differently specced versions in the pipeline. Oh yes.
The version you see here is the first to be revealed. Known as the ‘Panderis’, it’s a collaboration between the aforementioned Garage Italia and Vitale Barberis Canonico, a Biella-based woollen mill that has provided the materials for that lovely retro-inspired interior. We have to make a special shout-out to those JBL speakers too. Very cool.