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Fiat Classics on display at the Mumbai International Motor Show 2013

by Abhishek Nigam Photography : Kunal Khadse Posted on 25 Jan 20139,187 Views Comments

A 1954 Fiat 600, a 1956 Fiat Millecento and one of the first city cars from Fiat, the cinquecento are among five fabulous examples of early Fiat models on display at the ongoing Mumbai International Motor Show (MIMS) 2013

 

 

 

Fiat Classics at the MIMS 2013 - 1957 Fiat Elegant

 

1. 1954 Fiat 600

Owner - Sameer Kadam

 

The Fiat 600, also called the Seicento, was introduced at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. Measuring only 3.22 m long, it was the first rear-engined Fiat. During its heydays it became very popular in countries such as Spain (as Seat 600), where it became an icon par excellence. The car had hydraulic drum brakes on all four wheels. The suspension system employed a unique single double-mounted leaf springs, which acted as a stabilizer between the front wheels coupled to gas-charged shock absorbers, and an independent coil-over-shock absorber setup coupled to semi-trailing arms at the rear. The 600 was a remarkably fast seller in its time and the millionth 600 was produced in February 1961, less than six years after the car's launch.

 

Salient features

Engine: 633 cc, 4-cylinder

Power: 22 bhp @ 4600 rpm

Gearbox: 4-speed

Suspension: 

Front – Independent wishbones, transverse leaf springs

Rear – Independent semi-trailing arms

 

2. 1956 Fiat Millecento

Owner – Sonu Singh

 

It was at the 1953 Geneva show that Fiat introduced the new 1100 and the 103 series was born. Although the engine retained the same superficial dimensions as that of its predecessor, it was completely re-designed and fitted in an entirely new, compact integral body/chassis. The new model was called the 1100/103 after its project number, and was offered (as usual at that time) in two different versions: "economica" (cheaper) and "normale" (standard). Between 1956 and 1960, the new 1100 underwent several slight changes in fittings and details which included a newly designed grille, more rectangular profile, dual color dressing, and small fintails with spear-shaped backlights.

 

Salient features

Engine: 1,089 cc, 4-cylinder

Power: 36 bhp @ 4,400 rpm

Gearbox: 4-speed

Suspension: 

Front – Independent coil springs

Rear – Rigid axle, semi elliptic springs

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