1955 Fiat 1100


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FIAT 1100 TV Pinin Farina (1955), CHASSIS N. 168695, ENGINE: 4 CILINDRI, DISPLACEMENT: 1089 CM3, POWER: 53 BHP, BODY STYLE: COUPE, A VERY RARE SPORT COUPE FOR THE GENTLEMAN DRIVER, READY FOR THE MILLE MIGLIA; The 1950s were a golden era for motor racing, and the Italian manufacturers were quick to adapt, creating specialistic racing cars and a number of more affordable cars derived from the normal production. One of these successful models was the Fiat 1100 TV (Turismo Veloce). Launched at the 1953 Paris Show, it was a four door saloon with a more powerful engine than the 1100/103 saloon. A small number of 1100 TVs was produced by Fiat as a simple platform chassis, which the independent coachbuilders would then complete. One of these “Fuoriserie” was the Coupé created by Pinin Farina, of which approximately 700 units were produced. These were sold by Pinin Farina rather than Fiat Dealers, and were produced in two series, one with a smaller rear window, and later one with a wider, curved one similar to those of some Ferraris. The genius of Pinin Farina is evident in this little car, which could not be more different to the normal saloon from which it is derived. It had a direct relationship with two of Pinin Farina’s masterpieces: the Cisitalia 202 and the Lancia Aurelia B20. These cars, having being generated by a marriage between an industrial manufacturer and an industrial coachbuilder, have an intrinsic quality which was not available on the unique specials created by small town artisans, that the Americans have so aptly named ‘etceterini’. This quality, together with its comfort, good performances and absolute rarity, make these small but great Fiats very sought after by the collectors and enthusiasts, and particularly by those who want a car for the long road-racing regularity events, such as the Mille Miglia, the Gran Premio Nuvolari or the Coppa Milano-Sanremo. The car we propose here today has spent many years in Brescia, living in very close contact with the Mille Miglia. It has been owned for more than a decade by a class winner of the 1955 race, later Chairman of the Club Mille Miglia, who then sold it to one of the top brass of the Mille Miglia organization. It took part in many an edition in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and therefore has a very high probability of being accepted in the race. The engine has been rebuilt recently and it is very strong, and the whole mechanics are in perfect shape. The bodywork and the interior are mostly original and in very good conservation state. This TV is well known in the Mille Miglia circles as the best of a handful remaining cars. It represents an unique opportunity to purchase a significant motor car, with a sure Mille Miglia potential, for a price which is still affordable. The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but for safety reasons, we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.