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Coachwork by Vignale
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.