Fiat 1100 TV Allemano Convertible 1954 LHD 'Wow, what an elegant convertible!' I thought when being confronted for the first time with this exceptionnal Fiat on one of my classic car trips to Italy. I am sure other classic car enthusiasts will react in the same way when coming across this very smart looking convertible. Not only the appearance of this Fiat 1100 Turismo Veloce is very striking, the story behind is evenso delicious. A French journalist Mr. Jean-Paul Decker, commented the discovery of this 'one-off' Fiat in the following amusing way: "Once in a while in Italy a countess was dreaming of an exclusive carriage. Sign of the times (1954), her vehicle would be drawn by popular horses ... The noble house Allemano based in Torino was responsible for creating this luxurious convertible on the basis of a democratic Fiat 1100 TV. Delighted with the result, the countess used her car until her 95 th year! The happy ending to this fairy tale? This one-off coachbuilt car was rescued just in time so that it wouldn't turn into a pumpkin!" Everything started at the Torino Motorshow in the spring of 1954, when the Belgian Countess fell in love with the very elegant 1100 TV Coupé coachbuilt by Allemano. There and then she asked Allemano to build her a convertible version of this model specifying that the color had to be light blue metallic N° 456 and the interior should be blue leather, the canvas top grey. A few months later at the end of July she pays on top of the 767.360 lire for the 1100TV chassis a for that time hefty 1.950.000 lire extra to Allemano for the construction of this one-off convertible including a AutoVox radio. Living in the villa of the King of Belgium at the French Rivi èra everyone agrees that it would be better to register the Fiat on her name at the address of the Italian Automobile Club of Torino. The countess took good care of her unique Fiat 1100TV, because only at the age of 95 years she stops driving her Allemano Convertible and when she dies in 1992 the ownership goes over to her doctor from Nice. A couple of successive owners later, this Fiat ends up into the Faralli workshop in Pisa, who is one of the best specialists when it comes to aluminium coachbuilt exotic classic cars. With great expertise and respecting as much as possible the originality, the Allemano Convertible is delicately restored to her former glory. I was over the moon, to be able to buy this one-off Fiat 1100TV with very interesting history. I will be once more, when I will be able to place this unique beauty into the hands of an enthusiast who is, as much as I am, in love with this Allemano Convertible. Price: ASK
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