Displacement: 1,221 cc
Horsepower: 58 bhp @ 5,300 rpm
Engine Torque: 60 ft lb @ 3,100 rpm
Top Speed: 87 mph
0 - 60 mph: 19.4 seconds
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Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT) started manufacturing cars in 1899. In the early part of the twentieth century, their cars enjoyed sufficient success in the United States, that some were even assembled at a satellite factory in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1910 to 1918. They then faded from the US market until they were officially relaunched in America in 1957. At the spearhead of this reintroduction was the all-new 1100TV Trasformabile (or Roadster), designed by Fabio Luigi Rapi. A beautifully styled, two-seat convertible, in the American style, with forward sloping grille and a wraparound windshield, they were powered by the peppy 1,100 cc TV (Turisimo Veloce or Fast Touring) engine from the concurrently produced sedan, which put out 53 bhp. For 1958, the engine was changed for a larger 1,221 cc, 58 bhp unit, but the TV designation from the previous model had become so attached, that this revised model was called the 1200TV. Known in America as the Sportsman's Roadster, they were extremely popular, but only imported in very small numbers (only 2,363 were built and sold worldwide), hence their rarity today. In 1959, the convertible was completely redesigned by Pininfarina but, in the process, lost a lot of the charm of the previous model, thereby making the 1958, the most sought after version, per dint of its Rapi designed body and larger 1,228 cc engine.
This particular, multiple concours-winning example, underwent a full mechanical and cosmetic restoration in 2012 and has covered less than 1,000 miles since, whilst picking up many awards along the way. Finished in Grey Beige with green leather seats, piped in white and a green soft top, it is a truly stunning car. Replete with every possible option, Nardi steering wheel, radio, heater, fog lamps, spin-off hubcaps and swiveling seats, it is undoubtedly, one of the finest examples available anywhere in the world.