1954 FIAT 600 Coupé Viotti

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1954 FIAT 600 Coupé Viotti

Background

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The pre-war car manufacturing ecosystem was quite different from what we know today. There were hundreds of manufacturers in Europe, who were, to be rather simplistic, chassis manufacturers, with the rest of the work often done by a coachbuilder of the customer's choice. Vittorio Viotti, born at the beginning of the century, when he was less than 30 years old, started to work as a coachbuilder. His fame was born from an innovative concept called Clairapax Body giving a large glass surface to his cars by eliminating the use of wooden uprights. He then specialised in luxury bodywork, often in one-offs.

After the war, his factory was destroyed by Allied bombing and he had to adapt to the new car model in which private customers no longer used independent body builders or very few.

At the end of the 1950s, the Fiat 600 was a huge commercial success for the Turin firm. Carrozzeria Viotti decided to build special bodies for this model. From 1957 onwards, around 100 Viotti coupés were produced, of which around twenty are still in existence today.

The Viotti body shop ceased its activity definitively in 1964.

The Vehicle

The car presented is a Viotti coupe with the chassis number 10056462. Despite the date of first registration of 1954 mentioned on the documents, we believe that this could be an error and that the car dates rather from 1958 or 1959.

On the Outside

The car presents a charming condition on the outside with this two-tone red and black livery with many pieces of fittings. The paintwork seems to be of a certain age and shows some orange peel as well as defects in various places visible in the gallery: scratches, chips, bubbles notably. The most eye-catching part of the car is the rocker panels which seem to have been covered with Blackson. The next owner will have the opportunity to strip them in order to evaluate the real condition and undertake the necessary work if necessary.

Overall, the condition is quite charming, with a patina that some collectors are increasingly appreciating these days. It is important to note the presence of most (if not all) of the fittings and badges, which would be a real challenge to find for a restoration project.

On the Inside

The interior is also in a charming state of preservation, the fake leather seats show no signs of fatigue, neither does the headliner or the carpet. Only one of the heating pipes near the pedals is damaged, a part that will most probably be common to the classic 600. The paint on the dashboard leaves something to be desired in terms of quality. It is also worth noting that the instrumentation seems complete as well as the other accessories, fittings and badges.

Underneath

Under the bonnet we find the classic 633 cc water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine, also present in the standard Fiat 600. The engine shows a very satisfactory presentation, it is likely that it has been seriously maintained. It seems to run well, but due to its lack of use in the last few years, it probably needs an overhaul and some adjustments (carburettor, ignition, valve clearance...).

Under the car, we can't find any sign of major corrosion, however it seems that the underbody has been covered with Blackson. So we can't know what is underneath. As is often the case, we recommend that the future owner strip the whole thing and carry out the necessary work if necessary.

History Highlights

Regarding the history of this 600 Viotti, we know that it was registered in France in 1999 and then sold in 2004. We then have a Belgian registration of the current owner issued in 2011. The previous owner was the father of the current owner, so we believe that this car has been in the same family for almost 20 years. Given the date of first registration on the French documents of 1st January, it is usual to see this date for vehicles that have not been registered new in France.

What We Think

We believe that the opportunity presented is unique. The combination of a reliable and widespread engine with the prestige of the Viotti bodywork makes this 600 the perfect opportunity to buy a popular car in evening dress. We remind you that only about twenty examples of this body are said to exist.

We are confident that our estimate of €25,000 - €40,000 will be justified at the end of the auction.

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Seller

Yves-bourguet

  • Location: Stembert Verviers, Belgium
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 82635
  • Chassis Number: 10056462
  • Engine: 600
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Red and Black
  • Interior: Black
  • Estimated Price: €25,000 - €40,000

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