Vires acquirit eundo: 1948 Stanguellini-Fiat 1100 by Bertone


In ancient roman latin language “Vires acquirit eundo” (Virgilio, Eneide, IV, 175) means something like “It gains strength by going”. This phrase was stamped on the metal plate put on the dashboard of this car (and often on Stanguellini cars), just in front of the driver. The same plate it’s still clearly visible on the dashboard of this cute Stanguellini 1100, based on a Fiat 1100 C but with an aluminuim body designed by Luigi Rapi (the same designer of the Fiat 8V and the 1100 Trasformabile) and made by Bertone coachworks. That’s fine that it still wears the original Milano black plate.


Just be clear, this is the same model that we featured in this article, although that one had a modified front end. This car seems indeed a very correct specimen: it holds still the original central rear light and every original part. The seller says it had a restoration 10 years ago and the car still look gorgeous. This car is pushed by a tuned Fiat 1100 C inline-four engine fed by a couple of weber carburetors. This, along with a 1,600 pounds weight, made this car quite successful in the road races of its period.


The only thing that looks clashing is the leather interior: although every coachbuilt car is a story of its own so you can never be 100% sure of the original specs, these late ’40’s little sport cars had cloth interiors: there was no need of such luxury, expensive, heavier leather seats and panels. This car was for sale from another seller near Milano a little more than one year ago: then the asking price was substantially lower but, you know, that’s called “market”: find it for sale at €135,000 (today $183,000) here in an unspecified area, Italy.

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