Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fiat 1100 TV Coupé Pinin Farina (1954-57)

The Fiat 1100 was a small family car produced from 1953 to 1969 by the Italian manufacturer Fiat. The Fiat Nuova 1100, or Fiat 1100/103 as it was called the after its internal project number, was introduced at the April 1953 Geneva Motor Show. 

The type 103.000, 1,089 cc (66 cu in) overhead valve four-cylinder was fed by a single Solex or Weber downdraught carburettor, and put out 36 PS CUNA (26 kW) at 4,400 rpm. The 4-speed manual transmission had synchromesh on the top three speeds and a column-mounted shifter, fashionable at the time. The car could reach a top speed of 116 km/h (72 mph). 

At the October 1953 Paris Motor Show Fiat launched a sporting version of the 103, the 1100 TV - standing for Turismo Veloce, "Fast Touring". The TV was fitted with an improved engine (type 103.006), which developed 48 PS CUNA (35 kW) at 5,400 rpm rather than the 36 PS (26 kW) of the regular versions. Top speed was 135 km/h (84 mph). 

From 1954 to 1956 Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pinin Farina independently built and sold a 2-door 2+2 coupé based on 1100 TV mechanicals. The design was first seen on a one-off displayed at the 1953 Paris Motor Show and entered by Umberto Agnelli at a race event held in 1954 near Turin, the Orbassano 6 hours Cup. 

The Fiat 1100 TV Pininfarina coupé is a particularly elegant and sophisticated car. The front is dominated by the radiator grille with the large "TV" letters, ie Turismo Veloce, in relief. The hand-built body was steel with aluminium doors, bonnet and boot lid; starting from 1955 a panoramic rear window was used, similar to the one found on coeval Pinin Farina-bodied Ferraris.

There were only 126 Pininfarina Fiat 1100 TV Coupés produced, whereas over half million 110 sedan were created by Fiat. (wikipedia, conceptcarz.com and autoelusso.it)


1955-57 models 

With panoramic rear windows.










































































1954-55 models 

With smaller rear windows.



























(Photos from petrolicious.com, classicdriver.com, carandclassic.co.uk, 
picssr.com, planetcarsz.com, imgur.com)



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