Founded in 1920 by the Giannini brothers – Attilio and Domenico – as a garage, the company began tuning the little FIAT 500 Topolino in the 1930s and secured 12 world speed records with one of its modified cars. In the early 1960s the original company closed, the brothers going their separate ways to found new enterprises. Attilio’s new design company lasted only until 1971 but that founded by Domenico – Giannini Automobili SpA – survives today as part of the FIAT Group. In 1963 Giannini Automobili began modifying cars and selling tuning kits. That same year it introduced its own modified version of the baby FIAT – the 500TV – and throughout the decade and into the 1970s Giannini-tuned cars battled with those of its rival Abarth on the racetracks of Europe. In 1966 Maurizio Zanetti became Italian Champion driving a Giannini-tuned FIAT 500. In more recent years Giannini has specialised in the production of limited-edition versions of FIAT production models.
This highly collectible matching numbers Giannini 500 TV (Turismo Veloce) was first registered in July 1970 in Italy. In more recent times the Fiat has benefitted from a comprehensive restoration, the 499cc engine has been rebuilt, and features a number of Giannini modifications including a modified cylinder head and camshaft, special exhaust and a Weber carburettor.
Offered with a UK V5 document and MOT, the little 500 is said to drive very nicely indeed. Finished in its original colour scheme of White with Black trim, this is an excellent example of a rare and desirable variant of Fiat’s defining city car.