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Fiat – 1100 TV Coupé Pininfarina

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Vehicle Overview

Premiered at the Paris Salon in 1953, the ‘TV’ (Turismo Veloce) was the higher-performance version of the newly introduced FIAT 1100 Berlina (saloon). Introduced at the Geneva Salon earlier that same year, the 1100/103 featured unitary construction of the body/chassis and was powered by an entirely new 1,089cc overhead-valve four-cylinder engine. Saloon and station wagon models were offered. For the Turismo Veloce, power was raised from 36 to 50bhp, giving the TV a top speed of 135km/h. A single spot lamp on the centre of the radiator grille was a distinguishing feature of the TV, which featured additional exterior chrome trim and could be ordered with two-tone paintwork. A trasformabile (convertible) TV was added to the range in 1955. The TV was raced extensively by FIAT’s more sporting customers, its most prestigious victories including class wins at the Mille Miglia in 1954 and 1955.

Carrozzeria Pininfarina offered its own two-door coupé on the 1100 TV platform. The car was first displayed at the 1953 Paris Salon, and the famed Italian coachbuilder would go on to build some 780 examples over the next three years. From around 1955 Pininfarina’s graceful and well proportioned TV coupé featured a wraparound rear window (as seen on this example) similar to that found on some of the Carrozzeria’s Ferraris of the time.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1956
  • Make
    Fiat
  • Model
    1100 TV Coupé
  • Coachbuilder
    Pininfarina
  • Length (mm)
    N/A
  • Width (mm)
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  • Height (mm)
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  • Photo credits
    bonhams.com
  • Engine Type
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  • Designer
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