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Old 8th February 2008, 11:43   #1
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Hi guys

This looks like a really great Forum...

The reason I've joined is because I've noticed there are a good few Fiat 1100 (alias Millecento) alias Padmini enthusiasts on the Forum, and I recently bought a 1961 Fiat 1100-103D here in NZ. I'm told it's probably the only Fiat 1100 "on the road" here, although there are a few others in pieces. Mine was assembled in South Africa and has only done 70,000 miles from new.

I speak Italian so have also joined the MILLECENTO FIAT che passione forum in Italy. Inevitably quite a bit of the talk is about parts, so I thought I'd do the sensible thing and see what's happening re 1100s in India as they were so popular there for so many years.

My other cars are a Ford Falcon (Aussie), a Volvo 240, a Citroen DS21 Pallas, a Rover 2000 and a Land Rover Series One. My wife hasn't left me yet but I'm sure she will if I buy any more cars!

I hope this puts you all in the picture.

Kind regards to all, John (alias Fiat1100inNZ)
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Hey John,

Welcome to the forum. Nice intro there. Can we see pictures of your 1100 Delite please.
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Welcome to the Forum John. It's really nice to meet up with someone who owns a Fiat1100 in NZ. Do post some pics of your Millicento for the benefit of many of us Fiat aficionados out here in Team BHP You would be surprised to know, there are plenty).

Hold on they would just be coming along to say Hi to you.

I am in the process of restoring a 1957 1100 103 as shown in this page MILLECENTO FIAT che passione

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Hi guys, great to hear from you. I'm getting in a bit of a mess over how to paste in pics - bit different from some other forums - so if I make a mess, please bear with me. (This is a note to the Moderators - any errors are unintentional!)

Anyway, here goes... If this doesn't work, have a look at my pics at MILLECENTO FIAT che passione It's the 1100 in NZ (of course!)

All the best, and hope it works! Kind regards, John.






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Welcome aboard Jon. Looks like we Fiat fanatics are taking over the forum

Theres plenty of Fiat info throughout the forum, take your time and go through the threads, and give us your valued inputs. It would be a very refreshing point of view from you, as most people here still associate the 1100 with Bombays taxis. (There are still 53,000 plying the roads as taxis there!)

Rest assured you can find pretty much everything in terms of spares for your car here, and we'll be glad to help you out. Infact theres another gent from NZ lurking the forum as well, with a racer based on the 1100.

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Welcome aboard Jon. Looks like we Fiat fanatics are taking over the forum

Theres plenty of Fiat info throughout the forum, take your time and go through the threads, and give us your valued inputs. It would be a very refreshing point of view from you, as most people here still associate the 1100 with Bombays taxis. (There are still 53,000 plying the roads as taxis there!)

Rest assured you can find pretty much everything in terms of spares for your car here, and we'll be glad to help you out. Infact theres another gent from NZ lurking the forum as well, with a racer based on the 1100.

Cheers
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That's great, thanks Karl... I saw a post by the other gent you mentioned... I'll try and contact him.

The car is currently at my mechanic - see my profile pic - as it had been standing for quite a while. Should have it back pretty soon (hopefully).

One question - there's been a bit of talk on the MILLECENTO FIAT che passione forum about the instrument panel getting very faded, with strip speedo getting hard to read... Were those instrument panels fitted to newer Padminis... ie would new ones still be available somewhere...? I'm basically asking on behalf of others, so I'll pass on any info to the guys on the Italian forum.

Thanks again, John.
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Welcome to Team BHP and also to the Fiat Fanatics Club!!
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Welcome to the forum John & that's quite a nice collection of cars you have!

Can we please also have some pictures of your DS??? I've been looking to find one for myself for a while!
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That's great, mate, thanks... There are some beaut pics of 1100s on this Forum.........!!! All the best, John.
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Can we please also have some pictures of your DS??? I've been looking to find one for myself for a while!
Hi there, great to hear that you're a DS fan...! In my mind they are one of the best cars of all time! Mine is a 1972 DS21 Pallas, UK spec, bought new in Singapore by a NZer and imported to NZ the following year. It is a Jubilee edition with a few additions. Has done all of 85,000 miles from new. I adore it but don't tend to use it very much. It's a car that needs specialist care, and that's not always easy to find... although my local Citroen mechanic is not too bad!

I've loaded the flg pics, hope they come through ok... Let me know if you'd like to know any more...

Are there any DSs in India...? They seem to have spread far and wide! All the best, John.







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Ahhh...she looks to be in fantastic condition John! And how come both your cars have "special" numbers??

And there are a few DS's in India too & our own Karloose has posted some pictures in a thread but I can't seem to find them right now.

Karl - can you post the pictures again please?
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Awesome car there John. Like iraghava mentioned, there is one in India that we have seen in pictures (courtesy: our resident vintage and classic expert, kar-lost). See these links:

Citroen DS in Hyderabad

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And check this thread.
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Welcome John,

Nice to have you with us. We are getting to know more and more FIAT crazy people from all over the world. I myself am a die hard FIAT fan and owned a couple of unique FIATs here in Mumbai.

We have formed a common Fiat owners club called FCCCI - (Fiat Classic Car Club of India) and we do have FIAT club meets and rallies in different places here from time to time.

Do stay in touch with us and lets share our FIAT experiences together.

Cheers,

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Welcome John. Loved your Fiat..looks stunningly well kept. As far as I can see the side indicator and the side patti are different compared to the Indian version...and also the ORVM. Whats that piece of foam below the parking light?
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As far as I can see the side indicator and the side patti are different compared to the Indian version...and also the ORVM.
Don't know about the ORVM but the side indicator and side patti (step type) is original to the Indian Fiat as well. So it the fuel cap. The problem is that we barely get to see such original pieces on cars these days. Karl's MRW 6130 has it and so does Rony's MTJ 5722 (Yay!! I sound like Mr. numberplate)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...?do=big&p=1755

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...?do=big&p=5347

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Looks like a reflector to me?

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