From the Martin Swig Collection
1963 Fiat 1100 Sedan
Chassis no. 103G*1010341*
1089cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber Carburetor
48hp at 4800rpm
4-Speed Column-Shifted Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Just over 20,000 original miles
*Exceptionally original example throughout
*Enduring symbol of La Dolce Vita
*Recent, enjoyable test drive
*The center of attention wherever it goes
The Fiat 1100
Among the first all-new post-WWII cars in Europe was Ing. Dante Giacosa's Fiat 1100, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1953. It was a practical, but spirited and good handling car, able to reach 75 mph when Europeans only expected 60 from a car like a Volkswagen in this class.
The Fiat 1100 was to Italian motor heads what the flathead Ford V8 was to Americans. Countless homemade and not-so-homemade specials used Fiat 1100 components, including fairly high-profile sports cars such as the Cisitalia 202. When Formula Junior was conceived in the late '50s, the first and best front-engined Juniors Stanguellini and Taraschi - were Fiat 1100 based.
With a chassis not unlike the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with precise steering, well-located rear axle and good brakes, many 1100s were entered in the Mille Miglia. 1956 saw over 100 of this model entered! 1100 production continued until it was replaced by the Fiat 128 in 1969; due to their practical nature, few well-preserved survivors exist today.
The Motorcar Offered
This exceptionally clean and original US-market 1100 was purchased by Martin Swig in 1994 from Portland, Oregon from Randolph Copenhaver, showing approximately 19,000 miles at that time. The car was original down to its factory-fitted set of tires, which Swig replaced for safety reasons. Today the car shows just over 20,250 original miles and presents stunningly with all original equipment present including very well-preserved blue upholstery.
Driven sparingly over the course of its entire lifetime, the Fiat has been regularly maintained and drives as you would expect a 20,000 mile car to. It is tight, responsive, surprisingly powerful with its Weber carburetor, and its column-shifted four-speed manual transmission is an ease and a delight to operate. The body is exceptionally clean, appearing to have been kept out of moist climates its entire life.
An enduring symbol of the La Dolce Vita period in Italy, this 1100 becomes the talk of any car-guy gathering, and will provide joy, smiles, and many happy miles of Italian motoring that bely its modest price.