Thursday, December 5, 2013

5k: Patina'd Padmini: 1961 Fiat 1100D

Check out this 1961 Fiat 1100D with 4 on the tree, spare parts and original shop manual for $6000 located in Westwood, CA for $6,000 via craigslist.  Tip fro Kaibeezy who writes: What's italian for 'patina'? Why, it's 'patina' - and here you can see what's in the dizionario for patina - and yet, it doesn't seem to be a disaster - don't you want to climb out of this in front of the Italianest cafe in town in your paint splattered overalls, roll a cigarette, twist the lemon rind into your espresso, and whip out your dog-eared copy of Alberto Moravia's Il Conformista.

The Fiat 1100D (1100 for the engine displacement and D for "delight") was a simple and popular sedan built in Italy from 1961 to 1971.  When the product line had run its course in Italy, a small Indian firm purchased the right to build and sell the 1100D rebaged as the Premier Padmini.  The Indian version lasted through model year 2000 in a remarkable production life.

The 1100D has a 1.1 liter inline-4 mounted up front that puts out 43 horsepower and 54 ft-lbs of torque.  The seller (who claims to be the 2nd owner since new) says the engine runs well and it is equipped with a 4-speed manual shifted on the tree.

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  1. I don't know what's more vulgar -- the flexible clothes-dryer hose used as a fresh air intake, or the thought of squeezing lemon rind into espresso.

    Kaibeezy -- you are a true GOD at finding cool things. I dunno if DT is paying you or not, but they should be. Keep up the good work.

    I like this one . . . but for $6K, in present condition, I don't love it. I hope it finds a foolish, passionate, carefree, bold, adventurous, creative new owner who will love it and give it new life. That's right Italians, I'm talking to you.

  2. Fiat 1100; "D" started a year later and had a less rounded front end with rectangular turn signals. Oh yeah, and no suicide doors on the D. I bought a '65 D in 1970 for $10 (not a misprint there) and a few friends said I over paid, but, gawd, I loved that thing. Replaced it with a $35 '63 Rambler American with a flathead six...those were the days...(sigh)


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