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Italian carmakers tend to imbue all cars with panache and sporting spirit. The 1100 was Fiat’s first unibody car, a small family model that nonetheless formed the basis of many Mille Miglia entries. With the 1100 TV, a concerted effort was made at economical sports car construction. Work began in 1953, with Esparsa Comprenelli working under the guidance of Fiat head designer Giovanni Zoboli. The 1100 TV Cabriolet was available through 1958 and was characterized by transatlantic styling features, such as a split, recessed grille; a wraparound windshield; and front seats that swivel to allow easier entry and egress.
This charming Trasformabile has had just three owners from new and has been featured in numerous magazine articles over the past 12 years. A complete, photo-documented restoration was completed in 2008, and the condition today reflects this recent work and the low mileage since completion. A mechanical freshening has been complemented by a new interior of tan upholstery with red trim, door panels, and carpeting – all of which are of the correct type and fabric – set of by a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel. The correct faux turbine knock-off wheels are fitted with new whitewall tires. Ideal for showing or tours, this 1100 TV truly offers classic Italian style.