1956 Fiat 1100 "Spiagga"
Lot 607
1956 FIAT 1100'Spiagga' Chassis no. 295990
Sold for €40,250 (US$ 51,089) inc. premium

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1956 FIAT 1100'Spiagga'
Chassis no. 295990
Plus généralement connues sous la forme de le Fiat 600 Jolly, qui a popularisé le concept dans les années 1960, les "resort special" ou voitures de plage trouvèrent leur public auprès des hôtels de luxe comme navette ou comme moyen de transport à terre une fois qu'on avait amarré son yacht dans l'un des ports de la côte d'azur ou de la Riviera italienne. Sans porte et munies de sièges en osier, elles ne trouvaient leur utilisation que comme véhicule de loisirs, confirmant le statut de leur propriétaire comme personnage pouvant s'offrir une voiture, "juste pour le plaisir". Paradoxalement, ces véhicules, que n'achetaient que des gens célèbres et fortunés, étaient invariablement construits sur base de voitures populaires.

Voiture particulièrement rare, dans le style de la Fiat Jolly, la voiture de plage de la carrozzeria Ghia, cette Fiat 1100 fut construite en 1959 par le carrossier sarde Farris, d'Alghero, sur la base d'une berline. Il semblerait que seulement deux de ces intéressantes voitures aient été construites par la carrozzeria Farris et qu'elles aient été utilisées par un hôtel sarde pour véhiculer ses clients. La transformation est parfaitement documentée dans le libretto original de la voiture sur lequel elle est homologuée comme une six places et où M. Farris apparaît comme son gardien, au moment de sa conversion. Une occasion unique d'acquérir ce substitut à la Fiat 500/600 Jolly, une voiture de plage construite en bien plus grand nombre.

1956 FIAT 1100 'Spiagga'
Chassis no. 295990

Most commonly embodied by the FIAT 600 Jolly that popularised the concept in the 1960s, the 'resort special' or 'beach car' found favour as courtesy transport for patrons of luxury hotels or for use ashore after one had moored one's yacht on the Italian or French Riviera. Lacking doors and equipped with wickerwork seats, they were only practical as leisure transport, thus confirming the owner's status as someone who could afford a car 'just for fun'. Paradoxically, although such vehicles were bought only by the rich and famous they were invariably based on economy-class cars.

A very rare car indeed, in the style of the better known FIAT Jolly beach car by Carrozzeria Ghia, this FIAT 1100 was created from a saloon in 1959 by the Sardinian coachbuilder Farris of Alghero. It is believed that only two of these most interesting cars were made by Carrozzeria Farris, and that they were used by a Sardinian hotel to ferry its customers around. The transformation is correctly documented in the car's original Italian libretto, which homologated it as a six-seater, and Mr Farris was its registered keeper at the time of the conversion. An unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a more practical alternative to the far more numerous FIAT 500/600 Jolly beach cars.
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