Fiat Gran Luce Speciale

1954 Carozzerie Speciali Mille Miglia 1900

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Fiat 1900 Gran Luce Speciale Mille Miglia
April 2019
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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.
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Current Owner Awaiting ownership claim 02/03/1961 - 02/03/1982

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Current Owner Awaiting ownership claim 02/03/1958 - 02/03/1961

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Current Owner Awaiting ownership claim 02/03/1956 - 02/03/1958

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Owned by two famous actors
March 1958
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Fiat 1900 Gran Luce Speciale owned by Toto
Timeline post: Owned by two famous actors
Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfirogenito Gagliardi De Curtis di Bisanzio (15 February 1898 – 15 April 1967), best known by his stage name Totò or simply as Antonio De Curtis, is commonly referred to as the most popular Italian comedian of all time.

He was a film and stage actor as well as a writer, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his funny and sometimes cynical character as a comedian in theatre and then in many successful films shot from the 1940s to the 1960s, all regularly still on TV, but he also worked with many iconic Italian film directors in dramatic/poetic roles.

While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, poetry, and songs are all deemed to be outstanding; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy.

Information provided by Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot%C3%B2
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Current Owner Awaiting ownership claim 02/03/1954 - 02/03/1956

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Theo Lingen was the original owner from 1954
March 1956
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The German actor purchased this car new from Fiat in Vienna
Timeline post: Theo Lingen was the original owner from 1954
Theo Lingen (10 June 1903 – 10 November 1978), born Franz Theodor Schmitz, was a German actor, film director and screenwriter. He appeared in more than 230 films between 1929 and 1978, and directed 21 films between 1936 and 1960.

Lingen was born the son of a lawyer in the city of Hanover and grew up there. He attended the Royal Goethe Gymnasium – the predecessor of the Goethe School – in Hanover but left before taking the Abitur (final exams). His theatrical talent was discovered during rehearsals for a school performance at the Schauburg boulevard theatre.

Beginning his professional stage career, the young actor adopted as a stage name his middle name together with that of the birthplace of his father, Lingen in the North German Emsland region. As "Theo Lingen" he performed at theatres at Hanover, Halberstadt, Münster and Frankfurt; in plays like The Importance of Being Earnest he very quickly earned a reputation as a superb character comedian, distinguished by his characteristic nasal speech. This distinction followed him when he began appearing in films in 1929, often together with the mumbling Viennese actor Hans Moser, since together they made a contrasting pair. In 1929 he was invited by Bertolt Brecht to the Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, where he performed as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera. He starred in drama films like M and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse directed by Fritz Lang.

Lingen and Genia Nikolajewa performing at the Scala vaudeville theatre in Berlin, 1936
In February 1928, Lingen's daughter, Ursula, was born to Bertold Brecht's then wife Marianne Zoff (1893–1984). Brecht and Zoff divorced in September; Lingen and Zoff married later the same year, they also raised Zoff's elder daughter Hanne. Conditions worsened after the Machtergreifung of 30 January 1933: Because Zoff was of Jewish descent, which under the Nazi regime usually resulted in a professional disqualification (Berufsverbot), Lingen thought about going into exile. However, because of his great popularity with the general public he was given a special permit by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels to continue to perform and was able to protect his wife from persecution. In 1936 Gustaf Gründgens placed Lingen at the ensemble of the Berlin Prussian State Theatre. He also directed films like Hauptsache glücklich (1941) starring Heinz Rühmann.

In 1944 Lingen moved to Vienna, and in view of the approaching Red Army retired to his cottage at Strobl on the Wolfgangsee shortly afterwards. Here for a few days in May 1945, he acted as de facto mayor, when he managed to disempower the local Nazi authorities and surrendered to the US Army at St. Gilgen. Lingen's measures were followed by the liberation of King Leopold III of Belgium and his wife by the 106th Cavalry Regiment.

After the war he became a naturalised Austrian citizen, and from 1948 worked as a character actor at the Vienna Burgtheater and appeared frequently onstage in Germany, most notably in Carl Sternheim satires directed by Rudolf Noelte. Foremost however he pursued his film career, performing in numerous comedies of varied quality, in his later days of the 1970s also on television, for example as a presenter for Laurel and Hardy films.

Theo Lingen died of cancer in 1978 at the age of 75 in Vienna. The city of Vienna dedicated a grave to him at the Zentralfriedhof. The municipalities of Strobl and Lingen (in 2007) have named squares in his honor.

From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_Lingen