One of Fiats first post-war efforts was a racing variant of the 1100 known simply as the 1100 S. It featured a tuned engine and a dramatic streamlined body by Fiat which was loosely based off the pre-war 508 CMM and helped the car achieve nearly 100 mph.
The two-seat body was produced by Carrozzerie Speciali at Fiat’s own Officine Lingotto under the direction of Giuseppe Cogno. Several of the early cars don a badge with this script.
The structure itself was an aluminum body built over the Fiat 1100B chassis. The 1100 cc engine offered significantly more power than its predecessor and produced around 51 bhp. The S-spec engine water pump, redesigned radiator and different camshafts.
Fiat have quoted that 401 copies of the 1100 S were made, but we suspect this might be an overambitious number that includes several other bodystyles.
Post war, people recovered their thirst for competition; several participants registered for the first post-war edition of the Mille Miglia. Most participants competed with pre-war cars with two important exceptions: the Cisitalia 202 and the Fiat 1100S with an aerodynamic body and more powerful engine. In the 1948 Mille Miglia, the Fiat 1100S finished second, third and fourth, not bad when the winner was a Ferrari 166S with Tazio Nuvolari at the wheel.
The car on offer today is very good condition, the wonderful body was crafted by the Carrozzerie Speciali of Lingotto in Turin. This Fiat 1100S comes with Italian paperwork and a copy of the letter from the Registro Storico Fiat that confirms the originality. The car was registered in Florence, than in Pisa and then in Lucca. In1988 the car was deregistered by the Italian Registration Office. Since then the car was rediscovered and the body was partially reconstructed by Carrozzeria Migliazza of Tortona.
A very lovely design for one of the most attractive body-lines that was ever thought and made.