Italian Used Car Weekend – Innocenti 1100 Spyder

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The Italian Used Car Weekend concludes with a certified oddity. The Innocenti 1100 Spyder you see here is a rebodied MG Midget or Austin Healey Sprite, featuring Ghia design and assembled by OSI. And it looks irresistible.

Calling a 1967 car just “Used Car” is somewhat of an understatement, but I feel it’s nice to close the weekend with a classic.

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Funnily enough, the Innocenti does resemble the Honda S600 somewhat. It’s probably not much bigger, even if the dimensions cheat the eye.

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I believe the roof comes off on these, but it looks very well integrated in the design. The seller notes that the car has been meticulously restored, keeping it strictly original. “Fully functional in every single part.”

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The 1098cc engine with 58hp should be well enough to give the car ample momentum on twisty little Italian roads.

The seller is asking for 11,000 eur for it, and for a properly restored example it’s not even overly much.

See the listing here

19 Comments

  1. I think that's the Coupe.
    It's really tempting. You probably need imperial tools for the engine & chassis and metric tools for everything else…

  2. It has the proportions of a preschooler toy- a little off from reality.
    I think that's why I can't take my eyes off it! Terrific!

  3. WOW! I had never heard of this car… It looks absolutely stunning!
    I had a look around and apparantly this car is not called 1100 Spyder at all.
    It's actually called the Innocenti C (I guesss that stands for coupé).
    These cars seem to be pretty (indeed) rare, however I did find the brochure: http://storm.oldcarmanualproject.com/innocentic.h
    <img src="http://www.autowp.ru/pictures/innocenti/c/autowp.ru_innocenti_c_2.jpg&quot; width="670/">

    1. Yeah, the info I had was for the Spyder and I thought the roof was a storeable item. But I'd hate to backpedal 🙂
      The car is beautiful, and weirdly wide-looking.

  4. Beautiful car. One oddity I noticed: being a British design adapted by Italians (who care more about beauty than functionality), while the car is LHD, the windshield wipers are still set up like a RHD.

  5. Getting the proportions right on small cars is nearly impossible. There's usually some element that looks awkward or wrong. On cars verging on micro sized I don't see how any iteration ever looks good – yet there's the occasional tiny car that looks perfect. This is one. So is the Toyota Sports 800, The Honda S600, the Spitfire and a few others. Bravo to the designer who took a frumpy Sprite and made it look this composed!

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