1913 FIAT TIPO 55 SPEED CAR - 137836Sold* at Scottsdale 2013 - Lot #5008 1913 FIAT TIPO 55 SPEED CAR//cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/137836/137836_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
1913 FIAT TIPO 55 SPEED CAR
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Lot #5008 - This 9 liter 4 cylinder Fiat speed car gentleman's racer, is one of only a few known to exist, still able to reach over 70 mph. In 1905, Italy's first and foremost car maker, Fiat, shipped a race car across the atlantic and broke the world's automotive speed record at the Vanderbilt Cup Race in America, it won again in 1906. Fiat's monstrous 10-liter, 50 bhp speedster swept the French and German grand prixs and Italy's Targa Florio in 1907. In 1910, Fiat established the first foreign carmaker factory in America at Poughkeepsie NY. By 1912 Fiat won both the American Grand Prix in Milwaukee, and the new Santa Monica Racetrack Victory with a behemoth nine liter, 60 bph, thundering speed car. This 100 year old Tipo 55, 9 liter, 4 cylinder 60 bhp gentleman's racer was America's fastest pre-war luxury automobile and is the 211 car off of the line. Guaranteed by the factory to exceed 70 mph before World War 1 (if you could get the horses out of the way) it was called a gentleman's racer because if you could afford one, you were obviously a gentleman and if you had one, you would race it. This luminary before you has been given additional life as it has a new radiator matrix and a newly cast block that will guarantee another 100 years of dependability. With only a few known to exist in the world you are assured of being a member of a very select club.
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