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 the Pininfarina 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.
This charming little coach built FIAT has been prepared for historic racing and can, according to the vendor, boast numerous successes in historic competitions in the ‘GTS 1100’ class. The engine is reported to be very strong and makes a lovely sound. Importantly, many of the original parts to return the car to road-going specification are offered with it, including most of the original interior: door cards, seats, instruments, dashboard, steering wheel, and door handles; together with all glassware, the original TV front grille, and the original lights. Accompanying documentation consists of cancelled Italian registration papers, the Estratto Chronologico listing the car’s owners in Italy, and ASI and CSAI passports (the latter valid until 2027). Importantly, the Pininfarina 1100 TV coupé is eligible for the Mille Miglia and thus represents a relatively inexpensive means of participation in this prestigious historic event.