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Lot 607: Fiat 1100 'Spiagga'

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Most commonly embodied by the FIAT 600 Jolly that popularised the concept in the 1960s, the 'resort special' or 'beach car' found favour as courtesy transport for patrons of luxury hotels or for use ashore after one had moored one's yacht on the Italian or French Riviera. Lacking doors and equipped with wickerwork seats, they were only practical as leisure transport, thus confirming the owner's status as someone who could afford a car 'just for fun'. Paradoxically, although such vehicles were bought only by the rich and famous they were invariably based on economy-class cars. A very rare car indeed, in the style of the better known FIAT Jolly beach car by Carrozzeria Ghia, this FIAT 1100 was created from a saloon in 1959 by the Sardinian coachbuilder Farris of Alghero. It is believed that only two of these most interesting cars were made by Carrozzeria Farris, and that they were used by a Sardinian hotel to ferry its customers around. The transformation is correctly documented in the car's original Italian libretto, which homologated it as a six-seater, and Mr Farris was its registered keeper at the time of the conversion. An unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a more practical alternative to the far more numerous FIAT 500/600 Jolly beach cars.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number607
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€35000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€40250
Year1956
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number295990
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors