From YouTube, a short video of the vintage car Fiat 1100 and engine in action.
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From a recent article on The Times of India entitled “Fiat Chrysler looks to get back on track under new India CEO Kevin Flynn“:
Chrysler was one of the oldest companies to make vehicles in India, in as early as the 1940s. In partnership with the Walchand group, it launched a Plymouth car and Dodge truck. Later, local auto maker Premier tied up with Fiat to make the Fiat 1100. While both Plymouth and Fiat 1100 are favourites among collectors of vintage models, latest cars from the now-merged entity are mostly missing from India’s crowded roads.
Elaine, who has e-mailed me here a couple of times, sent on a photo of her fathers Fiat1500.
Again, I’m coming to this very late, so my apologies Elaine. This comment was originally posted in response to my blog post detailing her original e-mail to the website here:
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.
Here’s the video mentioned:
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.
I use the brilliant Statcounter to track visitors to this website. It never ceases to amaze me when I see all the different countries where people are logging on and visiting this website.
I published a version of this picture below back in May last year (here), but the range of countries has increased greatly since then as well.
To everyone, from wherever you are, welcome. Feel free to drop me a message to let my know your interest in the Fiat1100.
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.