Old Fiats aren’t uncommon in American self-serve wrecking yards these days, but the ones you find are almost always Sport Spiders— we’ve seen this ’71, this ’71 850, this ’73, this ’75, this terrifyingly rusty ’76, this ’78, and this ’80 so far in this series— but a Fiat 1100? This is a first for me.
This is the car upon which the beloved-by-India Premier Padmini was based, and it was built until 2001.
This 1100D is very rough and the engine is gone, although it does appear to be relatively rust-free.
This car probably wasn’t at all out of place as a daily driver in Berkeley or San Francisco. Even today, there’s a ’58 Multipla getting daily street use in the East Bay.
Worth restoring? Probably not. Some of the parts might live on, though.
Sadly, the Padmini taxis of Indias are being phased out.