When did you last see one of these little beauties on the road in the UK? Probably never. Well, they are as rare as rocking horse shoes over here but were popular in Italy in their day.
Powered by a tough 1,100cc push-rod engine turning out 50bhp, the 103H Lusso could top 80mph and do it all day – as contemporary cars showed in the Mille Miglia. The engine also responded well to tuning and powered a number of special-bodied saloons, coupés and racing cars.
Our car is, however, standard but still an appealing prospect in its caffè e crema paintwork (which is believed to be original). The interior, too, is in lovely original condition and the whole car is very smart. It is thought that it spent most of its early life in Bologna but nothing is known of its history post-1992 until it turned up at a farm sale last year.
Since then the car has had some re-commissioning work including a new water pump, refurbished brakes, new exhaust back box and tail pipe, plus four new Continental winter tyres. It also has a set of tyre chains, which will come in handy if the new owner finds himself taking part in the Monte Carlo Retrospective (or stuck in the Brecon Beacons in January).
This Millecento has just been UK registered 808 XVH and is ready to go...and is accompanied by a NOVA certificate and a dating letter from the Auto Club D’Italia
This very smart little Fiat is an attractive alternativa to the ubiquitous Morris Minor if you are looking for a practical family classic and could also make a great rally car or low-cost Mille Miglia entrant. Or all three.