The then President of Italy, Giovanni Gronchi, personally ordered four custom-built Lancia Flaminia
limousines for a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1961. The cars, all of which are landaulettes
, were designed by Pininfarina
and based on an extended wheelbase from the standard saloon. Two of the cars are still in service today for state occasions.<ref>Template:Citation/core
The current presidential car is a Maserati Quattroporte, while the prime minister uses a similar vehicle. The government fleet also includes Audi A8, Lancia Thesis, BMW E39, BMW E38, Mercedes-Benz W211 and Alfa Romeo 159 and Alfa Romeo 166 models.
Fmr. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi taking delivery of his special presidential Quattroporte
Note the thickness of the bulletproof glass on the door window.
Ex-Italian President Sandro Pertini car of choice.