Based on a 1960 type 103 Fiat 1100, this pretty alloy and steel bodied special has perfect lines from every angle with a particularly 'Motto-esque' style body. Reminiscent of 1950's and early '60s Etceterini many of which were based on standard Fiat 1100 saloon engine, gearbox, suspension and running gear, this particular Fiat special is beautifully finished to a very high standard after a 2 year restoration. Imported recently to the UK from a private collection in Asia, the car presents very well and we encourage viewing.

 

 

According to the owner, the achingly pretty bodywork was taken back to bare metal with no traces of corrosion found, thanks to extensive previous rustproofing. The respray with a period correct silver to the external panelwork and deep maroon to the interior sets the lines off perfectly. Bonnet, boot and doors are alloy with the rest of the body finished in thin steel. The grill is handbeaten, polished alloy and looks superb with just the correct amount of sheen as opposed to a chrome finish. Headlights are period Marchel Starlux items. 

 

 

Wheelbase is 220cm, correct for an Etceterini and dictates the proportions of the car. A side exhaust below the driver's side door is a nice touch, giving a throaty burble not usually heard on these small engined Fiats. We think you'd have to be wary of ground clearance as its minimal to the exhaust tip. Not a problem on the track or hillclimb though, which is where this special would be best suited.

 

 

Dunlop wires have been added to this machine which utilize a new set of adaptors machined to fit the original drums front and rear. Finished in the same deep maroon as the interior, they contrast well to the silver bodywork. If a set of period Campagnolo or similar alloys were sourced, swapping them over would be as easy as unbolting the adaptors and using the original Fiat PCD in the drums. The owner tells us that the original drums have recently been overhauled with new shoes and stop the car well. The pedalbox is of unknown origin and uses a later Fiat master cylinder.

 

 

We are told this special was built using the original engine cradle(front chassis section), and most of the original components and chassis where possible of the Fiat 1100 it was based on. This means original double A arm front suspension and original leaf sprung rear end with type 103 rear axle to keep the car firmly planted yet supple over rough roads, as per the brief for the 1950's Fiat 1100 saloons. If anything, we'd want to drop the front suspension by an inch...but perhaps that's just us! Steering has been upgraded with a modified later Fiat rack and pinion unit over the vague original swing rod and box system.

 

 

Tubular chassis sections run through the bulkhead to the top of the A arm suspension mounts creating a whole that is said to be beautifully balanced and quite rigid, with no scuttle shake at all yet due to the compliant original suspension not harsh for driver or passenger. Having driven cars with similar set-ups we know that in the right hands this arrangement can prove very effective at seeing off larger engined machines. 

 

 

With painted interior, no carpets or sound deadening, we'd throw in a couple of rubber mats and be done. The sole concession to comfort is a pair of exquisitely upholstered bucket seats finished in soft ox blood red leather. These are a recent addition and as such are still protected in their clear plastic covers for the new owner to remove. Anyone familiar with Fiat 1100s will instantly recognize the distictive handbrake, the dash has non functioning gauges of unknown origin. Switchgear all works well, with a dash mounted turn switch. Wiring loom and all electrics are new, with a modern fusebox for practicality. Completing the interior is a highly desirable alloy and wood period Peretti wheel.

 

 

Engine is said to be the matching numbers original 103D unit, which was balanced and rebuilt several years ago. A single Weber carb on the original manifold provides the juice and a custom made exhaust system gets rid of the gases. The engine can be heard running in the video below, taken before the car was shipped to the UK. The gearbox is also the original unit, the cluch is new. Original Fiat type 103D vin number is stamped on the bulkhead. The car comes with its original Asian log book showing that as a 1960 103D Fiat 1100 saloon it was first registered in 1964. No history comes with the car and starting out as a saloon model, it was rebodied into a special at an unspecified date. The builder is unknown, but the quality of the work is very impressive. The vehicle is sold as seen and registered on the NOVA system in the UK. Registration for road use, if required, is the responsibility of the new owner and as such the Fiat is sold as a special for trackday, hillclimb or event use. With original etceterini with clear race history (if you can find one that is!) being sold for hundreds of thousands, this neat little special has a reserve set at a small fraction of that. As such this would make a fun weekend event car that you'd be happy to drive hard, safe in the knowledge that the running costs are diminutive. Estimate £58,500.

 

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Make: Fiat
Model: 1100 Barchetta Special
Year: 1960
City/Town: Chichester
Country: UK
Dealer: Private
Engine Size: 1100
Documentation: Original log book, Nova registered