Lot 161

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1959 Fiat 1200 TV Trasformabile

Coachwork by Fiat Vetture Speciali

SOLD $57,200


$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Charming 1950s Italian Styling
One of Fewer than 2,350 Examples Built
Final Year of Manufacture
Dramatic Color Combination
Eligible for Numerous Tours and Events

Technical Specs

1,221 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Weber 2-Barrel Carburetor
55 HP at 5,300 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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This delightful little Fiat Trasformabile truly embodies the spirit of carefree 1950s Italian motoring. Its jaunty design is generally attributed to Fiat’s design director, Fabio Luigi Rapi, who also penned the unforgettable Otto Vu coupe that bears his name. The TV shared its well-engineered underpinnings with the venerable 1200 Coupe and Sedan, but the Trasformabile accounts for fewer than 2,350 of the nearly 400,000 cars built on the 1200 platform. Equipped with roll-up windows and a sturdy canvas top, this spider was built to brave the elements, while unique, swivel-mounted seats help with ingress and egress.

Believed to have been delivered new to California, this Fiat 1200 TV spider most likely remained in that same ownership for approximately 30 years. Later, its third owner exhibited the TV at the 2005 Concorso Italiano, where it earned a preservation class award. Beginning in late 2005, the fourth owner commissioned a detailed restoration, which is documented in an accompanying leather-bound folder.

In 2010, the TV’s next caretaker treated the spider to further mechanical refurbishment. He enjoyed the car on numerous weekend outings before sending it to the current owner, who has used it similarly. These charming open Fiats are full of character and have long been praised for their delightful blend of transatlantic styling and extravagant details, atop a responsive, fun-to-drive chassis.