The Fiat 1100 S was crowned “Best of Show” at Ennstal Classic 2017, which took place in Gröbming (Austria) from July 18 to 22. The car was named the most representative of the event that this year brought together over 200 registered crews from 17 countries and more than 100 thousand spectators.
Picked from the FCA Heritage collection, the winning Fiat 1100 S is the car which took part in the first “Ennstal Classic” and is returning after 25 years to pay homage to the jubilee edition of the event. The coveted title was awarded by the organising committee, chaired by event owner Helmut Zwickl, who gave the trophy to Rudi Roubinek, the famous Austrian TV actor and writer who had driven the car during the three days of the competition.
Launched on the market in 1947, the 1100 S sports berlinetta was the direct evolution of the pre-war 508 C MM. On the outside, its body was adapted to create an aerodynamic two-seater with a modified vertical blade grille and two additional air scoops under the headlights. The main innovation, however, was in the performance it was capable of achieving: 51 HP at 5200 rpm with a top speed of 150 km/h. Fast and modern, the new car was very successful on the race track and turned out perfect for the Mille Miglia: four 1100 S cars ended the race in 1947 in fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth place in the general ranking. The following year, the car took the third place in the general ranking and in 1949 it won the race in its category. The 1100 S remained in production until 1950 and 401 units were made in total.
The particularity of the Ennstal Classic event held on the most beautiful Alpine roads of Styria is that all electronic instruments are banned from the competition: only mechanical tripmasters and stopwatches are allowed, consistently with the age of the cars. One of the rarities was the extraordinary Fiat 1100 S, picked to set off the entire collection of FCA Heritage, the new department created to protect and promote the history of the Italian FCA brands. More information is available at www.fcaheritage.com the website dedicated to the heritage of the group and meeting point for everyone interested in the history, the events and the activities dedicated to the classic models of the Italian FCA brands. On the website, vintage Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo car enthusiasts and owners can discover new services, sign up for a special newsletter and submit online requests for a certificate of origin.