Lot #28: 1958 Fiat 1200 TV Spider
A recent, concours-quality restoration of the preferred 1958 model with its distinctive Rapi-designed body and 1,200-cc engine, finished in great colors including striking Grey Beige paint over smartly piped leather upholstery.
- Recent, show-winning restoration; handsome Pininfarina design
- Great color combination including piped leather upholstery
- Well-equipped with radio, heater, Nardi wheel, fog lamps
- Multiple class winner in California concours events
- Only an approximate 1,000 miles since restoration completed
Well-equipped and beautifully presented with radio, heater, Nardi steering wheel, and fog lamps. Multiple class winner in California concours events with only an approximate 1,000 miles since restoration and a perfect way to enjoy "La Dolce Vita!"
Specifications: 1,221 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, single Weber carburetor, 55 bhp at 5,300 rpm, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,340 mm (92.1")
Famous for providing the beloved 508 and 1100 models that mobilized Italian families since the 1930s, Fiat introduced the all-new 1100 for its core market in 1953. Based on modern unitized construction and fully-independent suspension, the 1100-103 (with '103' its internal project number) was first available as a sedan with rear-hinged front doors and continued to utilize the 1,098 cc OHV four-cylinder engine with 36 rated horsepower. The 'TV' Turismo Veloce or fast touring version featured a bump in compression and a two-barrel carburetor to deliver 50 hp, upped to 53 hp by 1956. Additional body styles included a useful five-door station wagon and a smart and sporty two-seat cabriolet.
Fiat called the cabriolet "Trasformabile," translated into English as "convertible," and its handsome body is generally regarded by marque enthusiasts as being the work of Fiat designer Fabio Luigi Rapi. By 1958, a larger 1,221 cc engine developed 55 hp in standard tune and replaced the prior TV. However, the 'TV' designation was so closely with the aligned with the Spider, that it was retained and the car was now dubbed the "1200 TV." Further updates included the welcome addition of swiveling seats providing greater ease of access. For 1959, the Spider received a new Pininfarina-designed body and while still handsome, it lacked some of the charm of the 1957-58 models, making the 1958 models the best of both possible worlds with their Rapi-designed body and 1,200-cc engine.
Having owned and enjoyed a Fiat 1200 TV Spider in period, the Consignor acquired this example from 1958 during 2011 in Washington State and then he commissioned a complete, frame-off restoration to show-quality standards by Dan Kaufman of Santa Cruz, California. During the restoration, the engine was overhauled and the engine compartment was restored and detailed to match the rest of the vehicle. Handsomely finished in Grey Beige paint over upgraded green leather upholstery with smart white piping, the Spider is complemented by a green convertible top, whitewall tires, and correct spin-off hubcaps. In addition to a radio and heater, the Spider is further equipped with a factory-style Nardi steering wheel. A multiple class winner in California concours events, it has covered only an approximate 1,000 miles since the restoration was completed. Beautifully restored and quite rare in the United States, this 1958 Fiat 1200 TV Spider will surely deliver a great experience for its next owner, all with a dash of "La Dolce Vita" Italian style!
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|Aug 21, 2016 - 6:53:32 PM||USD 90,000.00||i6681|
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|Aug 20, 2016 - 11:56:57 AM||USD 53,000.00||i6188|
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|Aug 19, 2016 - 4:43:20 PM||USD 10,000.00||i6183|