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Fiat 1900 Gran Luce Speciale Mille Miglia
A beautiful car with an interesting history
This Fiat was and is a true Gran Touring Coupe. As exclusive as an Alfa Romeo, Ferrari or Maserati. She was introduced in Paris in 1952 and prepared for the Mille Miglia. So, you can participate in the Mille Miglia with this vehicle.
The Gran Vue was a so-called 'Carozzerie Speciali' like the Fiat 8V or the 1100 TV. This was then a special department in Turin, which designed extremely expensive, exclusive and rare vehicles - these vehicles were always technical pioneers.
The (in Italy) Gran Luce called coupe had a special body by Fiat. The name was well chosen, the interior was much brighter than in the limousine with the relatively small windows.
Its original price was 2,100,000 Lire, similar to the price of the Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe.
It was very expensive for the time, so it was only built in small numbers, about 1,500. How many there are today cannot be said. The museum owner himself has seen only two
other models in his life: one sold by his father Josef Rotschne (born 1898) to the Driving School Auböck in Freistadt in 1954, and one in front of the Vienna State Opera, which
belonged to the world-famous State Opera dancer Willi Dirtl from St. Pölten (Fiat Piermayer - son-in-law) and friend of our house.
The actor and once mayor of Strobl am Wolfgangsee, Theo Lingen was the original owner of this car. He purchased the car in Vienna in 1954.
Due to its high purchase price, it was acquired mainly by industrial families or well-known personalities. Like the Napoletic actor Toto, who even won a Golden Globe. He was one of the four previous owners of our vehicle.
This vehicle is in a very nice original condition. About a year ago, the entire engine was disassembled and rebuilt. The interior including seat covers are still original, which suggests that the vehicle was always in very good hands.