The Fiat 1100 was first introduced in 1937 as an updated version of the 508 “Balilla” with a look similar to the 1936 Fiat 500 “Topolino” and the larger 1500, with the typical late-thirties heart-shaped front grille, with styling by the emerging designer Dante Giacosa. It was powered by a 1,089 cc four-cylinder overhead-valve engine rather than the earlier Balilla’s 1-litre unit.
Drive was to the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox, and for the period, its comfort, handling, and performance were prodigious, making it “the only people’s car that was also a driver’s car”.
Unusual for a modestly priced car of the time was the independent front suspension, while the rear had a leaf sprung live axle.
This particular Fiat has been well looked after and is a rare sight on UK roads. An interesting prospect for local rallies and club events, or for period-style promotional use.