Road Tests Website Updates

New Road Test Added – Motoring Life, February 1958

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. 

I have just published the first section of my commentary on the Motoring Life road test for the Fiat 1100, published in 1958.

You can read that by clicking here.

I’d love to know your thoughts on that – come back here after reading the road test and post your comments.

Website Updates

The History of SYI 67

I have just finished updating the “This Car” page of the website. This provides a brief history of SYI 67, the FIAT 1100 bought by my father in 1959.

Click here to read more about SYI 67.

Website Updates

Welcome to

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”.

My name is Dermot MacShane and I am the owner of the FIAT 1100 that is the focus of this website, The car, SYI 67, was purchased in 1959 by my father and has remained in the family ever since.

One of my main reasons for setting up this website is to try to find anyone, particularly in Ireland, who may have a similar Fiat 1100. I’m very interested in hearing from you to share stories and information.

I’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to share any memories or stories that you may have about the Fiat 1100.

Finally, I’d also be interested in hearing from anyone who may have any stock of spares for the Fiat 1100.

If you match any of those categories, please check out the Contact Page and drop me an e-mail – I’d love to hear from you.