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Fiat 1100 C Saloncino

The Fiat 1100 Saloncino by Francis Lombardi.

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 1100 Saloncino by Francis Lombardi showcases the coachbuilder’s early prowess in automotive design and craftsmanship. This unique vehicle, based on the Fiat 1100C chassis, garnered acclaim by winning the category prize (class XV) at the prestigious 1949 Pincio Elegance Concours of Rome. The “saloncino,” or lounge, as its name suggests, offered a luxurious and spacious interior with seating for six passengers. Its distinctive feature was the incorporation of wooden sides and a wooden rear door, adding a touch of elegance and refinement to its design. The interior continued the theme of wood, creating a warm and inviting ambiance for occupants. Some versions even boasted a sunroof, allowing passengers to enjoy the open air and sunshine. The Fiat 1100 Saloncino bore a striking resemblance to its Lancia counterpart, the 1948 Aprilia Giardinetta, reflecting Lombardi’s consistent design language across different automotive brands. This shared aesthetic underscored Lombardi’s commitment to timeless elegance and harmonious proportions in his creations. In addition to the Saloncino, Lombardi presented other body versions based on the same design style. One notable example was an exquisite Cabriolet unveiled at the 1950 Turin Auto Salon. This Cabriolet, like the Saloncino, combined Italian flair with practicality, offering a convertible driving experience without compromising on style or comfort. Francis Lombardi’s early creations, including the Fiat 1100 Saloncino and its variants, played a significant role in establishing the coachbuilder’s reputation for excellence in automotive design. These vehicles exemplified Lombardi’s dedication to craftsmanship and attention to detail, setting the stage for the company’s future successes in the automotive industry.

Fiat 1100 Saloncino

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    1948
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    1100 Giardinetta
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    Francis Lombardi
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