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Readers e-mail from Elaine in Ireland

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:

 

 

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Readers e-mail from Damien in Ireland

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.

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53 years later, a connection to where this car was originally bought

R.E. Johnson Donegal Town

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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.

 

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E-mail from John in New Zealand

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 info@fiat1100.net if you’d like to share some photographs of your car.

 

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E-mail from Elaine about Fiat 1100’s and Fiat 1500’s

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 info@fiat1100.net.

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Wire Wheels – C. BORRANI 14X4J RECORD RW3449, DATED 12-59

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!

The reader is based in Buffalo, New York. If you’re interested in getting your hands on these wheels, e-mail me here and I’ll put you in contact.

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Are you close to Phoenix, AZ? Interested in buying a Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce?

A reader has e-mailed me here letting me know that they have a 1958 Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce that they are interested in selling. You can see some of the pictures they sent me below.

The reader is based in Phoenix, AZ. If you’re interested in making contact about this car, you can e-mail me here and I’ll pass on your details.

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 1

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 1

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 2

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 2

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 3

Fiat 1100 1200 Granluce - Photo 3

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Fiat 1100 abandoned outside Tuam, Co. Galway

This e-mail came through from a reader of the site recently:

I used to see an 1100 like your car abandoned in a field a few miles outside Tuam, Co Galway up to the early 1990s, but I dont know whether it is there or not. I might look up Google Earth. I was in Rome in 2008 and I didnt see one example, compared to a few I had seen on a previous visit in 1983……. I do have a few models of this car, new ones in 1/43. Nice little car….

I remember this car – in fact, on one occasion I stopped on my way to Galway to see if I could have a look. The car was in a lot on which there was a mobile home.

It took some effort to get to the door of the mobile home because of the huge dogs that were around the place.

I asked for permission to check out the car, which I received, but sort of grudgingly so. I don’t really think that the resident / owner cared much for the car at all.

When I went over for a look, you wouldn’t believe the amount of bones that were around the car, inside and out. The car was obviously where the dogs were fed, or at least where they went to eat once they were given their meat bones.

It was an interesting experience.

You’re probably right about when the car either was removed, or when it just stopped being visible from the road. The lot itself did start getting overgrown a lot in the years after I visited.

As far as I remember, here’s the location – on the inside of the bend in the map linked here – View Larger Map.

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Readers e-mail from Brisbane, Australia

This e-mail came through from Karen, in Brisbane, Australia. If you’re interested in following up, please contact me via the Contact Page, and I’ll pass on your details:

I’ve just found your website while searching for interest in old Fiats in Australia. I’m doing this because my mother is talking about dismantling the ‘Fiat shed’ and getting rid of the cars under it. Perhaps if I hadn’t been so keen on travelling all over the world, I might’ve kept the car, in which I and my mother learned to drive, on the road.

My mother’s parents bought the 1956 Fiat Millecento from an in-law, but I don’t know how long they had it. I can remember the day they gave us the car. We tried to put my poor old grandfather in the back but he couldn’t bend himself to get in. I thought that was why we left without him, because he couldn’t get in!

Later as a teenager, I used to get 32 miles to the gallon and it had incredible take off from the lights. I liked surprising people in modern cars alongside me when I took off out front 🙂 Someone left me a note in a car park, offering me their same model for free, so there’s a rusting 1100 in Mum’s yard too. Also, we have a Fiat station wagon, that actually was used by the Aussie Folk band, Wikketywack, many years ago.

Reading about people’s enthusiasm for this car makes me nostalgic – and a bit regretful – but neither I nor my husband are handy with cars, so it wouldn’t be practical for us to restore it.

I would love to hear from anyone in Australia who may be interested in these vehicles. They are located in Brisbane.

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