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Millecento Cutaway: 1958 Fiat 1100

This is one of the most unusual and yet one of the coolest car-related items that I’ve ever run across: a 1958 Fiat 1100 Cutaway. I have no clue what I would do with it but I would love to have it. It’s listed on eBay with a couple of bids bringing it up to $660 so far, but the reserve isn’t met. It’s located in Tarzana, California and I would love to see the shipper’s face when they show up get this one.

Unless a person has an epic garage or a giant man cave I don’t know where this would go. A museum is probably the best bet, or maybe the lobby of a corporate headquarters? A dot com lunch room maybe? No, not that, how about just in our living room, yeah I like that idea. Or, maybe Jay Leno’s garage, he’s a fan of cutaways and he has a Fiat 1100. No, definitely our living room.

This car, or this cutaway car is amazing. The amount of work that has been done is mind blowing to me. The seller doesn’t say if this was made by Fiat for an Auto Show or what the back story is on this creation but check out the photos, there are a lot of them showing the details.

The Millecento, or “1100” in Italian, was made from 1953 all the way up to 1969. The seller says that the “sectioned front is from a smaller size FIAT 600” but otherwise they think that it’s all Fiat 1100 in origin, although the “custom built chassis is reduced in size to save space but all the mechanical parts are stock and full size.”

The engine, which by 1958 was a 1.2L inline-four, “comes with a fitting for an electrical motor that can turn over the engine, gearbox and rear end. At present everything turns over by hand. You can depress the clutch, engage the gears and the rear end will turn.” I would love to see this cutaway in action. They say that the “following items have been cut: Engine block, Clutch, Gearbox, Drive coupling, Differential, Muffler, Front brake, Rear brake, Battery, Tire, Master cylinder, Steering box, Radiator, Timing chain cover, Carburetor, Water pump, Oil pump.” Amazing. This isn’t a regular thing here to show cutaways and truthfully they don’t come up for sale too often. If you’re looking for one of the ultimate display pieces for your showroom, garage, or office, this is it.


  1. Derek

    I’d put it in my dining room with a heavy glass top as a dining table but my wife might have something to say about that.

  2. John Holden

    Classes for aspiring mechanics, obviously. Every school should have one.

  3. RayT Member

    I’d just get it running and enjoy it as-is….

    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      HA!! A very rare public LOL issued, sir. My stomach hurts from laughing on that one, well-played.

    • Derek

      The compression might be a little low.

      • Al

        But the fuel consumption should be about half.

        Anyways, the colors would clash in my dining room.
        It might serve better as a footstool in my wreck room.

        Better, to cast the other half.

  4. Wayne

    I thought that shorting the steering shaft and removing the spare tire. Would make a nice coffee table once the monster piece of glass was installed.

  5. Drew V.

    Currently bid to $1,700, Reserve not met…

  6. Fred W.

    THe condition is amazing, either completely restored or always kept inside. Good thing I don’t have a place for this or I’d be bidding. And the wife would be packing.

  7. Jeffro

    On the plus side, there’s no rust. Lol. Reminds me of a clear model of an engine I put together as a kid. Thought is was cool to see just how the parts all worked together.

  8. brian crowe

    Didn’t Mike and Frank of American Pickers buy one of these?

    • Mike

      Yes and Daniel sold it to a guy over seas. season 5 I think.

      • Al

        I thought it was bought in Italy and sold to a museum of some-sort for educational purposes in New York state.

  9. Wayne

    “Fiat”. /. “No Rust”. 2 mutually exclusive terms!

  10. DavidLMM

    Very similar, but different than ours; we’ve had this one on display at Lane for about 8 years.

    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      That’s where I saw one!

  11. On and On On and On Member

    This is really cool. A man cave is where it belongs and the table is a great display idea. I heard that in Italy drivers license exams include a section that must be passed on mechanical function. I believe these were made as learning props and of course advertising for the brand.

  12. Doug

    Put it in the ” Fix It Again Tony ” museum…….. Or at a trade school like WyoTech, where the students can learn from it.

  13. Bellingham Fred

    As mentioned earlier Mike and Frank of American Pickers bought one of these. As I recall they said the in order to get a drivers license in Italy you had to know how a car works. The cutaways were used in driver’s ed.

  14. Richard

    F.I.A.T.= Fine Integration of Art and Technology. A nice example.

  15. Adam T45 Staff

    It definitely belongs in a school. It would be great for teaching teenagers the finer points of “suck, squeeze, bang, blow”.

  16. Yiannis AM

    This type of cutaway was extensively used in Europe for display in driving schools for tutorial reasons. This idea had started in the 70’s but some of the oldest driving schools, still have them – at least here in Greece

  17. David Frank David Frank Member

    I talked to the director at the museum, The California Automobile Museum, about this car today. It would be a huge asset to our education programs. The big problem is the short timeline. If it looks like they really want it, I may try to buy it, depending on how high the bidding goes.

    And my wife says “Car Porn, Full Frontal Nudity”

  18. Whippeteer

    Take it off baby. Take it all off….

  19. bccan

    Now I know what to do with my Alexander Lloyd chassis, after using the body for a pedal car. Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but we have had some fun with it.

  20. Andrea

    It’s a CEADA Super Oscar, a sectioned model for educational purpose, built in italy by C.E.A.D.A. (Centro Europeo di Attrezzature Didattiche Autoscuole, Soloro – Milano). The cutted front panel, the bumper and the steering wheel belongs to a fiat nuova 500. The sectioned spare wheel comes from a Topolino. The engine and transmission are from a 1100/103.
    In italy stuffs like this was very common in every old “Autoscuola”, used to learn the function of car components during the lessons for the driving licence test.
    Not rare was also an explicative panel, mounted on a wall, showing lights, switch, horn and other electrics, reproducing a b/w photo of the front and rear side of an Alfa Romeo Giulia.
    This Super Oscar loss the system that permits the rotation of the chassis on its own axle and the easy moving of the machine in the room. This system is in place in the model shown under the plexy showcase.
    An electric motor and a rubber belt allows the engine and transmission rotation and a little bulb in every spark plug give a light at the time of ignition. Clutch, carb and gearbox are also operating.
    Very intresting seeing a similar item in U.S.
    At attached link is possible to see a similar model of Super Oscar.

    Regards, Andrea from Italy

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