Motoring Life – Fiat1100 Road Test article updated

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.

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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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Welcome to Fiat1100.net

1959 Fiat 1100 Millicento

1959 Fiat 1100 Millicento

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.

Or just scroll down to read more.

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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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Thank you to all the visitors to this website

I was intrigued recently to see the amazing spread of locations that visitors come from when visiting this website. Welcome, and thanks for visiting.

If you own a Fiat 1100, or even just want to share some stories about the car, please drop me an e-mail via the contact page.

Fiat1100.net Visitor Locations

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Readers e-mail from Luigino

Many thanks to Luigino for the following e-mail:

Hello, I’ve been searching the Internet on Fiat 1100, and all the various makes.

I specialize in the Fiat 1100D models.

Currently, I’m in South Africa, from South Africa.

I also belong to the: www.millecento.it website forum, and have put ina few technical articles, and manuals, which some of them are only assesible to members. Unfortunately, the membership was free, but then they made a membership fee.

Anyway, it would be good to hear is anyone has any archives or dispatch books on the number of various Fiat 1100 cars assembled in Australia.

MY Fiat was also assembled in South Africa, Durban, similar as yours, as a CKD kit.

The Fiat 1100D is actually a 1221cc engine, bored out version of original Fiat 1100 models with 1089cc engines. Basically, the Fiat 1100D engine, is the same engine as fitted on the Fiat 1200 models, although with only 1 x single choke downdraught carburetor.

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Readers e-mail from Christy

Many thanks to Christy for sending in this e-mail:

I bought one of these cars in 1968 for £95.00.It was my first car,and was first registered in Westmeath in July 1960. The registration was ALI-747.

I remember buying a set of Dunlop C41 cross-ply tyres from John Brown,(RIP)who had a filling station in Kilcock. I drove this car for around 4 years, in that time doing lots of starter and engine repairs.

I also put a lot of miles on in that time.My late brother and Father drove it till 1981 when my Dad passed away.

I still have this car which is parked in a shed. I have the best of intentions of having it restored but just never got round to it.

(Usual story)Its only when I see one thats been so well minded that I regret not having it done years ago.

These cars seem to be very rare now,especially at Vintage shows,you would rarely see one on show.Your car is a credit to you.

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