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This website is about my car, one of the few surviving examples of an almost forgotten family car that was popular in Ireland from the late 1950’s to the mid-1960’s. It is also about the FIAT 1100 in general, known as the Millecento, and referred to in Fiat’s advertising of the day as “the magic Millecento”.
Through this website I’m keen to hear from anyone else who owns a “magic Millecento”, or from anyone at all who’d like to share their memories of this car. Please contact me here with anything at all to do with the Fiat 1100 – I’d love to hear from you and share everyone’s stories.
Please click on the About page to find out more of the site, what I’m hoping to achieve, and how I’d like your help.
Hello there would you believe I only just seen this now. My god I have tonnes if pics of my dads 1500s one of them was featured in septembers edition of Irish vintage scene and is on YouTube under the heading fiat 1500 at Charleville show.
I’m coming to this very very late, so my apologies to Damien, but he sent this e-mail back in 2012:
Hi there owner of SYI 67, I found this article by pure chance, I was day dreaming or having one of those melancholy moments or something when my fathers first ever car came into my head, a Fiat 1100 with suicide-doors in grey with a white roof. So I went to Google Images for a look and here I am. As a five year old I stood looking through the windscreen on the passenger side as he drove (how many points would you get on your licence now for that and acquired my lifelong love of cars and motoring, thanks to NZC 965 (or was it 965 NZC ?). Are you still in possession of SYI 67 and is it possible to view it at any up coming car shows? Thanks for your time and congrats on a great article it made me smile…. oh and its Fathers Day today.
To answer the question, finally, I do still have the car. At the moment, it’s up on bricks in Wexford as it’s having its brakes looked at. I’m hoping it’ll be back running in a couple of weeks, and after that, I’ll see what shows are coming up.
I’ll post in advance here of any shows that I plan to attend.
It’s e-mails like this that makes this website so exciting to work on. In February, I received an e-mail from the grandson of the gentleman, R.E. Johnson in Donegal Town, who sold this car to my father (as referred to here in the history of this car).
Beautiful car! R.E. Johnston Motors belonged to my grandfather. The company is long gone but Id love to get some reproduction dealer window stickers made up, I dont suppose your 1100 still has one? If so, any possibility you could put up or email me a picture of it?
I actually bought two Fiats from the same Mr. Johnson – a true gentleman.
John, from Invercargill in New Zealand sent me these lovely comments. As he highlighted, the wide variety of locations of the people contacting me via this website is just amazing (I wrote about this before here).
What a great website you’ve put together, and what a wonderful tribute to the Fiat 1100 (Millecento). Your enthusiasm is spreading far and wide – I found mention of your site on the Italian Millecento forum of which I’m a member, see the site here.
I’m in Invercargill, NZ, and have a tidy South African built 1961 1100-103D very similar to yours. There are still a few 1100s around – I know of a very nice one in Dunedin and another in Christchurch. I think the lack of salt on the roads has probably assisted in their survival…!
All the best, John.
It’s great getting these comments from Fiat1100 owners all around the world. Hopefully, John, if you see this, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share some photographs of your car.
In February 1958, the Motoring Life magazine published a Road Test article on the Fiat 1100 – Road Test No.66! Back in the 1950’s the enthusiast’s source of car news was the Irish magazine, Motoring Life. The Autocar and The Motor were around, but it was well known that they were never openly critical, especially of British cars of the time.
Click here to read the key points of what that review of the Fiat1100 said back then, with some additional thoughts and commentary from myself on the accuracy, or otherwise, of their findings.
One of the main reasons I set up this website was my hope to hear from people interested in the Fiat 1100, particularly in Ireland. It was great then to get this e-mail from Elaine. (It was some time ago, however, so apologies Elaine).
hello there. Your 1100 is lovely,,, smashing colour,, my dad has two of them,they are 103 H’s .. he also has fiat 1500’s etc, We’re Fiat mad.!! I love the 1100’s. Finally I’ve found an Irish site.
I did check back with Elaine to see if she had any pictures that I could publish, but unfortunately I haven’t heard back. I’d love to know more – I’m not that sure which model the 1100H is.
The 1500 was a lovely car. I myself had 2 of them – a 1965 model in peacock blue (a lovely car, and lovely colour) and a 1967 model in red.
Like the 1100 some years previously, the 1500 was ‘way ahead of its competitors in it day.
If anyone is e-mailing the site, you can use the Contact Page here, or if you would like to send on some pictures which I can share with everyone else visiting the site, you can e-mail me at email@example.com.
This interesting e-mail came through from a reader of the website who have some wire wheels available for someone to buy.
HELLO, I HAVE 2 WIRE WHEELS I PICKED UP 25 YEARS AGO FROM AN OLD REPAIR GARAGE IN TOWN. VGC, TIRES STILL RETAINING AIR AFTER ALL THESE YEARS! STAMPED C. BORRANI 14X4J RECORD RW3449, DATED 12-59. CONTACTED BORRANI OF N. AMERICA (ESINOR) AND WAS TOLD THEY WERE BUILT FOR LATE 50’S FIAT 1100-103. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO FIND A GOOD HOME FOR THEM SO THEY CAN BE LOVED AND APPRECIATED!