Fiat 1100 TV Trasformabile
This is not a car, it’s a medicine for the lavishing soul. –
What would you get if Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren had a lot of sex? That’s right. A Fiat 1100 TV Trasformabile. The Italian subtle heart and flair, with Stateside style. One of the most beautiful classics we know… It was born in Turin in 1955, under the direction of Fabio Luigi Rapi. A visionary together with a coachbuilder like Superlagerra or Bacchelli & Villa, you would think. No, this one came from Fiat’s own Carrozzerie Speciali! I think we can say; one of the, if not the most beautiful Fiat ever made.
The 1100 TV Trasformabile was based on the 1100/103 TV, a racing child of a few Turin rebels, who later identified and joined the Abarth department. The TV stands for Turismo Veloce; Equivalent to independent suspension and a high-revving 4 burner that unleashed its power from 5,400 rpm. The 53 HP sounds little, but is more than enough caffeine in your espresso. If you dare, your chest hair and your wife’s sun hat can fly at 145 km/h over the Stelvio!
Its spirited character, good road holding and incredibly low weight (830 kg) made it a popular choice during historic rallies. For example, it completed the 1957 Targa Florio and the 1956 Mille Miglia. So this makes it a suitable car for both rallies. And then there is the rational part. Value is often expressed in production numbers. Of the 1100 TV Trasformabile only 142 were built. The chance of finding one with an original hardtop, engine and gearbox…..
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