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1956 Fiat 1100 Elegant [103E]

1956 Fiat 1100 Elegant [103E] in Peking Express, Non-fiction TV, 2004-2008 IMDB Ep. 2.12

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: IT — Built in: IN — Made for: IND

1956 Fiat 1100 Elegant [103E]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


banger134 EN

2007-06-07 22:16


garco NL

2007-06-07 22:25

I think it's a Hindustan.

Raul1983 FI

2007-06-07 22:40

It is a Fiat 1100. Maybe Premier has assembled this model at some stage? Hindustan Ambassador in turn is a Morris Oxford.

Exiv96 BE

2007-06-07 23:03

Wikipedia says the facelifted 1100D was made under license in India by Premier, but apparently not the original 1100 like this one.

datsunZ IT

2007-06-08 21:39

Exiv96 wrote Wikipedia says the facelifted 1100D was made under license in India by Premier, but apparently not the original 1100 like this one.

In fact,this 1100/103 was the 1st Fiat car made in India by Premier Automobile Ltd.(early ones dates back 1954 down there and the model was replaced since 1968 by more modern Padmini--aka ex-Fiat 1100 D)

-- Last edit: 2007-06-11 22:48:55

DynaMike NL

2007-06-08 22:56

Poi si tratta di una Premier 1100/103? O pi¨tosto una Fiat 1100/103 fabbricata per India?

datsunZ IT

2007-06-08 23:49

DynaMike wrote Poi si tratta di una Premier 1100/103? O pi¨tosto una Fiat 1100/103 fabbricata per India?

Reported by"CHITTY-CHITTY-BANG-BANG"(n/l of USSR=Unloved Socialist Sovietic Republic Cars'Owners'Club--that talks about odd cars also),issue Aug.2006(article"Premier Padmini-An Indian Italian-The Fiat Millecento under a different flag"extract by text pag.8--article originally issued on "AUTO ITALIA"magazine and reprinted by n/l of Owners'Club):

"...Fiat's involvement with India's motor Industry started with Premier Automobiles Ltd.of Mumbai,a firm that was formed in 1944 to assemble Plymouth and De Sotos.By the early 1950s,in the face of increased competition from Hindustan Motors-who built Morris cars under licence-it was seeking an European partner.Additionally,the Indian Govt.had started to provide incentives to encourage a local motor industry rather than just a network of CKD assembly plants.To further encourage this new policy car imports began to attract severe duties for CKD imports,which made it essential that any future Premier would be capable of full Indian manufacture.The Fiat 1100-103 was the ideal car for this purpose,in that it was better suited to the appalling road conditions and expensive fuel of 1950s India than the Plymouth,and gave Premier an up-to-the-minute product.
...Today,a right-hand-drive 1100 is mainly to be found in India where production of the model commenced in Mumbai during 1954.At the time its nearest competitor was the"Baby Hindustan",a locally-built version of the Morris Minor."

PS Car seems had Rajastan(India's Province)registration(=RJ)

-- Last edit: 2007-06-08 23:59:10

maruti800 IN

2007-06-11 22:03

no its a MRJ, old registration style...Maharastra state, possible Bombay reg..now its registered as MH-01, MH-o2 so forth

garco NL

2007-06-11 22:10

Yes, it's near Bombay.

maruti800 IN

2007-06-11 22:13

I think its one of very first model just named Fiat 1100 Delight...later ones were named Padmini...This particular model's front door opens otherway round unlike padmini. This one was also nicked named by a slang called Ram Pyari...its a hindi word similar for lovely lady (slang)

garco NL

2007-06-11 22:17

Nice link: http://www.philseed.com/indiacars.html

Ram IN

2008-04-13 14:03

This is a Fiat 1100 Elegant, designed by Dante Giacosa, assembled in India by Premier Automobiles Ltd. circa 1956/57.

The car is bearing a 1973 Bombay registration MRJ -- clearly too new to be the original registration. Out-of-state cars that permanently moved to Bombay, Maharashtra were typically re-registered in Maharashtra.

An original Bombay 1957 Fiat 1100 Elegant, would bear a BYH registration as the pics below:

-- Last edit: 2008-04-13 14:04:45

emperor IN

2008-12-06 15:53

Hi everyone,

I have posted a picture of FIAT 1100 Elegant model below. Could anyone suggest a price for this car to buy it today ? This car is not in running condition for the past 4 years. I would like to purchase and refurbish the car. Any advices to purchase the car and pointer to the information about availablity of spare parts to this model in India would be appreciated and most welcome.

Find the pictures of the CAR below:



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