1963: The origins
Pushed by an inborn passion for cars since his youth, the enterprising Luigi Pilato, owner of the Funeral parlour which carried his name in Ponte della Priula had enjoyed, with some strict collaborators, converting Mercedes cars into hearses. As the years went by, that “pastime” became his main business, which led him to set up “Autotrasformazioni Pilato S.R.L.” and into which he soon introduced his whole family: his wife Anna, and his 3 daughters Barbara, Silmava and Andreina.
start of the collaboration with Mercedes Benz. The first hearses with the Pilato brand are based on the MB S220 and MB 190 cars.
from the early years the fittings are not only on Mercedes cars, but also on other carmakers’, like Fiat and Lancia.