1954 Fiat 1100 TV Sports Saloon

Courtesy of Bonhams

The Fiat 1100 TV offered here participated in the Mille Miglia in two years — 1954 and 1955 — crewed by Ing. Guglielmo Franchi and Rafaello Zanasi. On file is a copy of the car’s original Automobile Club d’Italia identity document showing that it was registered new to Guglielmo Franchi in February 1954 with the Bologna registration 64215 BO. This registration can be seen clearly in accompanying photographs showing the Fiat on the Mille Miglia start ramp in 1954 and 1955.

Carrying competitor number 121, the Fiat failed to finish the 1954 event but fared better the following year, coming home in 115th place overall and 11th in class out of 534 starters, a highly creditable achievement.