The 1100S was Fiat’s first post-war sports car, with a strong lineage as a derivative of the pre-war 1100 “Nuova Balilla,” which appeared in 1937 and begat the Mille Miglia-winning 508 C MM of 1938. Despite retrograde styling, the 1100 was described by author L.J.K. Setright as “the only people’s car that was also a driver’s car.” The 1100 S Mille Miglia was based on the light and rigid X-member frame of the 1100B sedan. Fiat’s Carrozzerie Speciale department developed the aerodynamic body, directed by Giuseppe Cogno. Wind tunnel testing allowed the 1100S MM to reach speeds of 150 km/h, and in competition, the 1100 S MM took fifth through ninth place overall at the 1947 Mille Miglia, followed by second, third and fourth place finishes in 1948.
Steel wheels, skirted rear wheels. A bit bitched up with an 8V body originally on a 1400 chassis. That seems to matter little to Italian organizers who have welcomed it many times in the MM Retro. That’s not surprising, because it is a bitchin’ car. Decent paint, interior and chrome, a driver’s car. I like this car a lot better under a Hundred Grand, but that minimizes its amalgamated history. Give this one to Italian enthusiasm and a really sexy little shape. If it had big engines it would be Sophia Loren or Gina Lollabrigida on wheels. With 1,089 cc it’s just a hot little Italian.
Fiat 1100S, manufactured 1947, version for Europe, 2-door coupe body type, RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox. Petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 1089 cm3 / 66.6 cui, advertised power: 37.5 kW / 50 hp / 51 PS ( effective ), Torque net: 73.4 Nm / 54 lb-ft, characteristic dimensions: outside length: 3930 mm / 154.7 in, wheelbase: 2420 mm / 95.3 in. Reference weights: base curb weight: 818 kg / 1803 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 1025 kg / 2260 lbs. Top speed: 150 km/h (93 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0- 60 mph 20.1 s; 0- 100 km/h 21.5 s (a-c simulation); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 22.1 s (a-c simulation). Fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 7.3 l/100km / 38.7 mpg (imp.) / 32.2 mpg (U.S.) / 13.7 km/l
Fiat 1100S MM Berlinetta Design Interior Exterior