The Fiat 103 Turismo Veloce made its debut at the 1953 Paris motorshow. With strong performance for its 1,089cc displacement – 50bhp at 5200rpm and a 140km/h top speed – it was aimed at a sporty clientele. Although mostly unchanged from the standard 1100, the Turismo Veloce (TV) variant featured a fog light in the centre of the grille, two-tone paint and ‘anatomical’ seats.
Although fine for city driving or a weekend run in the country, the 1100 TV was also a useful road racer, especially in the Mille Miglia where it dominated its class for years.
Perhaps the most desirable derivative was the Turismo Veloce Trasformabile, or convertible. Introduced at the 1955 Geneva Salon d’Auto, it was built by Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat and its Detroit-inspired body with wrap-around windscreen, distinctive chrome grille, and concealed hood, folding seats and 145km/h top speed all contributed toward this model’s popularity, especially in the US where most of the 571 built found their first owners.
Costing Lire 1,250,000 in 1955, the Trasformabile was one of the faster open cars of the period, and, in the 1956 Mille Miglia, an example driven by Massari/Cats finished 80th overall and 4th in class.
The car presented here was built in 1955 and delivered new to oil industrialist Carlo Andrea Bertolli from Lucca. He enjoyed cruising in his Convertible along the seafront of Versilia in the hot summers of the ‘50s. The combination of metallic red paintwork with beige interior make it a particularly attractive car. The 1100 TV Convertible is now considered to be a very rare car and one with which you can participate in the Concorso d’Eleganza at the next Mille Miglia. The car is also in possession of homologation ASI, Gold Plaque.