Wednesday, June 17, 2015

1959 Fiat 1100



"SIX FEET FOUR AND ROOM FOR MORE."

The automotive landscape of Cuba looks quite deserted when you look for Italian cars prior to 1960. This Fiat 1100 is one of a few on Cuban roads. Launched in 1953, the "Nuova Millecento" looks more like a toy beside the big American cruisers, but in postwar Europe it was a rather sporty and comfortable car.

Unlike other European cars of that time, the Fiat 1100 lineup saw a myriad of small changes and versions between 1953 and 1960, sometimes even two per year. We recon that this Fiat, which belongs today to the local "TVC Centrovision Yayabo", is a 1100-103 H "Lusso" from 1959: only this bi-colored version had the distinctive chrome-decor that once divided the two colors on sides and roof.

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