Transformabile: ’58 FIAT 1200TV
The correct description for this little convertible is “transformabile”. We suspect that means the top goes down. Topping the 1958 FIAT line was the 1100TV roadster, priced at $2498. Available in Europe since 1955, this small but exquisitely styled two-seater convertible was inspired by ‘boulevard sports cars’ like the 1953 Corvette and Nash-Healey. Contemporary styling touches included the wrap-around windscreen, Cadillac-style vertical rear-quarter embellishments and bright full wheel covers. Starting in November 1957, a 1200TV version became available. It had a larger, 1221cc, four and was referred to as the “Sportsman’s Roadster.” Only a few 1100TV and 1200TV roadsters were imported into the U.S. during 1957 and 1958. A new FIAT roadster would replace the series in 1959. The 1200TV was powered by a specially tuned engine first developed for FIAT’s popular and spirited TV (Turismo Veloce) sedans. Developing 55 hp, it gave the 92-inch wheelbase junior sports tourer a top speed near 90 mph. A 4-speed manual transmission was standard. Today’s featured FIAT 1200TV is said to be a turn-key runner with good cosmetics. They are relatively simple cars to maintain and parts aren’t that hard to come by. We aren’t sure if the interior is proper in white, so you might want to look into that before you leap. The starting bid is $15,000. Sports Car Market has #1 cars at over $40,000! Click here for the eBay auction.