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Topolino Roadster?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BBBad2dabone, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. BBBad2dabone
    Joined: Feb 4, 2005
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    Has anyone ever seen this Kustomized Topolino? It appears to be a late 30s Fiat that had the original top cut off and a MGTC double hump cowling or something like it, welded on. The coupe doors were cut down and appear to be stretched or did some models come that long? It still has the 2 louver panels in the engine hood and a little of the front grille. Can you tell what year it is by what’s left? The front fenders appear to be cut down with teardrop headlight buckets. Are these original? The rear fenders may be stock with some bullet shaped light housing (37-39 Chrysler?). Somebody tell me what I have found. Thanks
     
  2. Mutt
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    It looks to me like someone took an Austin rear section, MG cowl and doors, and Fiat front, and put them all together. This is a '31 Austin.


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  3. long island vic
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    that looks like a bantam not a mouse
     
  4. 50Fraud
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    Pretty cute. Resurrect it!
     

  5. Terry
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    You know that could look really neat. I can see it! Go for it and post lots of progress pics!
     
  6. Mutt
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  7. Bluto
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    It looks like one of the topolino based roadsters built by NSU/FIAT in 1938
    We have a couple friends in Europe with them
    I'll go thru my stuff and find a photo

    How much of it is there?
     
  8. The37Kid
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    Nice find! Sent those photos and the info to info@PreWarCar.com they have a real nice website that is worth a daily visit if you like PreWar car history. www.PreWarCar.com
     
  9. Bluto
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    Here's a photo of one more of my wife's collection
    This is an 1100 not Topo a longer bigger car still prewar
     
  10. BBBad2dabone
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    Bantams didn't have suicide doors did they?
     
  11. Bluto
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    Does it have a Fiat chassis? If so there sould be a number on the right frame rail in front of where the firewall is
    Can you tell what the wheel base is?
    Roadsters were built by Fiat,NSU,Simca and there are several one offs

    This is our one off NSU/Fiat built by the German body maker Glaser

    The other photo is a Topolino roadster restored in Poland

    Lots of this stuff was made into Hot Rods when the Fiat drivetrain died
     
  12. BBBad2dabone
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    It has a frame but I'm not sure who bulit it. It still has the leaf springs. I'll try tofigure out what the wheelbase was nad look for numbers. Thanks
     
  13. re49
    Joined: Jun 7, 2003
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    I may be completely wrong, but that thing may not be a Fiat at all. Does it show evidence of being right hand drive? There was a British car in the early 50's called a Lloyd (not the German Lloyd), that looked a lot like a Topolino roadster and had doors that shape and a double hump cowl. I don't think Lloyds had transverse leaf springs, though.
    Looks like a cool little car what ever it turns out to be.
     

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