Production, Part 2. . .

More details to enthrall fellow Italia enthusiasts and bore the pants off the non-car fanatics you meet.

Interior

Seats

The front seat pattern has a slightly lower center section on the base and back giving a slight bolster. The rear seat was plain with no inner stitching.

Door panels

The door panels are made in two pieces with the short lower section allowing for differences in the door height. The panels had an incorporated map pocket and were fastened to the door with screws.

There are aluminum caps at the top edge of the doors and also at the top edge of the rear quarter panels. These were always painted black.

Dashboard

The instruments and switches are standard TR3. The exceptions are the ignition switch, glove box lock, the heater fan switch and the three warning lights. These are Italian in origin and have been used in many cars from the period. The ignition switch is of the usual "turn to start type" not the "turn and push" style. One car had Alfa switch knobs but that car had been restored using parts from two Italias and the knobs were more likely an owner's substitution.

The cars have a manual pump for the windshield washer also used in a FIAT 850 and probably many other period cars.

The aluminum grab handle appears to be specific to the Italia. Similar types have been seen in Lancia's but, so far, no direct match has been found.

 

Interior lights

The Italia also sports two interior lights one in each of the kick panels near the doors. This is also an Italian manufactured light and is available from various sources. The actuating switch, which resides in the door jamb, featured black plastic for the button and a chromed housing. Replacements are readily available but are cadmium-plated with a white button.

There is a map light mounted on the lower lip under the dash. This is Italian in origin and a it's origins have not been identified.

Rear seat

There is a chrome trim strip along the rear parcel shelf behind the rear seat. This panel is steel and screwed to the body work along the base of the rear window. There are also two mounting holes through which pass the mounts for the rear seat back top section. This arrangement holds the complete seat back in place. Unlike the TR4, there is an access panel to the rear differential under the back seat.

Headliner

The headliner is vinyl with perforated holes. I have seen both white and a light shade of gray.