Lot 28

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1956 Fiat 1100/103 E TV Coupe

Coachwork by Vignale

SOLD $95,200


$225,000 - $275,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

One of Three 1100/103 E TV “Desiree” Coupes Designed by Michelotti and Bodied by Vignale
Restored in Original Colors and Suited to Touring and Exhibition on the World Stage
Accompanied by Original Libretto and Steel Wheels
Remained in Original Ownership for 58 Years; Displayed at the 1956 Torino Motor Show
A Rare and Exclusive Coachbuilt Italian Coupe

Technical Specs

1,089 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber 36 DCLD 3 Carburetor
50 HP at 5,400 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Suspension with Swing Arms, Coil Springs, and Torsion Rod
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Replacing the Fiat 1100 E, the 1100/103 was introduced at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show as a four-door saloon and proved successful in racing, winning its class at the 1954 and 1955 editions of the Mille Miglia. Likely looking to capitalize on these successes, Fiat constructed a special edition, which was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and bodied by Vignale. Aptly dubbed “Desiree” for its desirable Turismo Veloce (Fast Touring) specification, the 1100/103 E TV featured a highly tuned engine delivering a 10% increase in horsepower due to a higher compression ratio and special Weber carburetor.

This 1100/103 E TV is believed by the consignor to be one of only three built to this specification. Exhibited at the 1956 Torino Motor Show in its current combination of two-tone silver and black, it was immediately purchased from the Vignale stand by its first owner, who restored the Fiat circa 2008 and kept it until 2014. In 2016, the Fiat was purchased in Italy by noted collector Robert Pass, who displayed it at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2018.

This exceptionally rare, Vignale-bodied Coupe presents very well and is offered with two sets of wheels: steel for touring and wire wheels, including the spare, for concours exhibition. The car is accompanied by the original Italian libretto (booklet) and offers its new owner a unique mix of coachbuilt style and race-bred performance.