Fiat 103Z "014461"
Hello "Zaagmans". Thank you for sharing your news. Both the chassis number and the Milano plate number are new to my listings. I expect that there are many additional cars awaiting identification and description.
The chassis number "014461" implies a completion date (as a Fiat, most likely) between June and August of 1953. If Zagato took longer than normal to build a body for this chassis, it is possible that the car was bodied by Zagato from new. It seems a bit unlikely but some research should give us a better idea of what is actually "likely". The Milano plate number was issued December 1953 and this implies to me that we will be seeking an explanation as to what happened to the car between July (approximately) and December of 1953, the latter date seeming to be the most likely time period of the car's completion as a "Zagato". It is certainly possible that the car was registered elsewhere during that time period and it is also possible that some earlier (original) Milano plates were lost only to be replaced in December. It is possible that the car was bodied by Zagato at some time earlier or later than December of 1953.
I will send a PM to you introducing a helpful Italian friend who will research the Milano plate for you. This research will inform us of the paper trail ownership of the car according to the existing Italian legal records that are relatively easy to find and purchase if there are no complications. There can be minor errors and imprecisions, perhaps sometimes a "hidden owner"(?) for one reason or another, but it is often the best place to begin to learn about a car's general ownership and location details.
Although far from certain, sometimes this paper research will reveal the chassis price and the body price and might even give origin dates for each of those components. We sometimes learn who borrowed money from whom, either to purchase the car or after the purchase, using the car as legal collateral. We cannot know until the research is done.
I will organize and share some more in a few days about some general observations of Elio Zagato's racing in Zagato bodied Fiat 1100 cars during 1953 and 1954. He used one car (that he owned) for at least a few events during the middle and latter events of 1953 ... and perhaps for the majority of them? But, it also seems clear that he used another car or two (or more?) as well. We will need additional information before we can identify some cars used on some events.
We have more to learn and what you have shared can be used as a starting point for a second step in that process.
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry