CLASSIC CARS

29 MAY 2018
Auction, 0249
11

FIAT 1800 B (1966)

Estimate
6.000 / 10.000

FIAT 1800 B (1966)

CHASSIS N. 188636

ENGINE: IN LINE 6

DISPLACEMENT: 1795 CM3

POWER: 86 cv

A GRAND FIAT SALOON IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION

In the mid ‘50s Fiat started to work on a new series of full size saloons, to supersede the 1400 and 1900, launched back in 1950.

In that period in Turin the style was changing from the round lines to the straight and angular ones. The pioneer was once again Battista Pinin Farina with his Florida and Flaminia Lancias.

The new Fiat flagship was to reach much bigger volumes and therefore had stronger American influences in its style.

While the new models were designed, the engineers worked on traditional in line  engines but also on a detuned version of the 8V. In the end the in line six was chosen, but it received a brand new performance SOHC head designed by a newly hired Aurelio Lampredi, fresh from Ferrari.

The new car was launched at the Geneva Show of 1959 with 1800 and 2100 engines. The lineup also sported a Station Wagon and a long wheelbase luxury version, the  2100 Special.

The best news came in 1961 with the 1800B, which had disc brakes, a stronger 86 bhp engine and a new rear axle.

The 1800B you see here today had but two owners: the first registered it in Italy then brought it abroad, where the second owner bought it due to its exceptionally original condition.

Everything on the car is original, and a few years ago a light conservative restoration has been carried out.

The upholstery has been renewed with new old stock materials. The seller is a collector of unique pieces which puts great value in originality.

The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but for safety reasons, we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.