Cold Start: It’s Like A Chameleon


There’s something about the strangely matte beige of this 1957 Fiat 1100 that just blends in with its sun-baked, desert-y environment so well, that if you told me this was actually a secret Italian military project to develop environmentally-triggered camaleontessa color-changing paint, I’d have believed you.

I mean, why wouldn’t I trust you about this? You told me you were in charge of the Italian army’s mid-century stealth programs, which is why I agreed to give you my Social Security number in the first place. Also, I don’t get why you need my bank PIN code, but I guess you know what you’re doing, right?

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28 Responses

  1. I’ve always loved the little 1100! The later ones can be still found for pretty reasonable prices and they’re pretty reliable and simple to work on! The later styling loses a bit of the cool 50s design though.

    Fun fact, there was a factory option for ONE center-mounted foglight!–750×400.jpg

    Or as seen in this pic from a period brochure (on the right)! 😀

  2. This is the original postwar Fiat 1100 (Type 103); according to Wikipedia by ’57 they had moved on to the first facelift but is unclear whether or not the base-base model continued through MY1957 with this car’s 1953-era detailing. For model year 1958 there was a major facelift just in time for the 1958-60 import car boom in America.

  3. That car color looks familiar – several times/year our local reclamation facility has people bring in their old house paints and such, and mixes the safe (non-lead, latex) ones together to make “institutional paint”.

  4. Why Dutch? I found the brochure in English and Italian, but no, Torchy goes dutch on us!
    And what of the Turismo Veloce, with a blistering top speed of 84mph and extended wings with different taillights?

    Clearly I’ve been down the rabbit hole again, Thanks Jason!

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