As a successor to the pre-war model of the same name, Fiat presented the 1100 103 Berlina at the Geneva Saloon in 1953. It really was a new car throughout, featuring attractive four door bodywork with ‘suicide’ doors at the front and conventional ones for the rear passengers. The gearbox was operated through a column shift, allowing for a bench front seat which could accommodate three, albeit smallish, people, while the engine was a 1,098cc four cylinder unit with overhead valves producing some 40bhp, enough to attain speeds of around 70mph/110kph .
The Fiat 1100 had some notable success in racing and rallying and to this day many are used for historic competition. Another proof of the popularity of this model is its success in India, where it was built under licence from 1964 until