1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481

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Lot 1241
1915 Fiat Tipo 2B Station Bus
Registration no. AA 8330 Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 33,477) inc. premium
1915 Fiat Tipo 2B Station Bus
Registration no. AA 8330
Chassis no. 29757
Engine no. 3481

Footnotes

  • Fiat's 15/20-hp Tipo 2 range was introduced in 1910 with a 2.6-litre Tipo 52 monobloc engine and was described by the late Michael Sedgwick as "a copybook middle-class family car which fell into the British 'fifteen-point-nine' category". A four-speed gearbox was fitted and a notable feature of this model was its smooth multi-plate metal-to-metal clutch. The Tipo 2 was the principal vehicle used by the Italian Army during the Italo-Libyan war of 1911-12, a campaign that interestingly saw the first use of aeroplanes in warfare. The Tipo 2B variant was introduced in 1912, with a longer-stroke 2.8-litre Tipo 52B power unit, and remained in production until 1920-21, by which time 22,518 chassis had been produced.

    The Tipo 2B chassis was used for light commercials as well as cars, and many were supplied to the Allies for military use during the Great War. In this instance, the sidemembers were modified at the rear to give a straight floor line for lorry, van and light bus bodywork. Another difference was that when the cars were updated with the new pear-shaped radiator in 1915, Tipo 2B commercials retained the old straight-sided design. This example of the commercial version of the Tipo 2B was one of a batch of vans built in March 1915 for shipment to London via the well-known carrier Ambrosetti.

    It was registered in Hampshire, but sometime between then and 1921, according to a local resident, the van body was replaced with a bus body built by J & H Ricketts of Euston, London NW, and the Fiat served in the Reading area as a station bus. That location would suggest that it was one of the many vehicles located by the legendary car breaker Harold Goodey of nearby Twyford for the collection of John Cuthill Sword of Balgray in Ayrshire, which is where it next came to light. After Sword's death in 1960, the collection was sold off in the first major auction of historic vehicles, which took place in September 1962. The catalogue described the Fiat as "both structurally and in general condition it seems to be quite sound throughout".

    It was bought by advertising executive William J. ("Jerry") Shiveley for a well over estimate £490 ("which seemed a hell of a lot of money at the time"). Mr Shiveley retained the Fiat, which he named "Old Bill", until 1985, using it for events like Royal Ascot ("we used to drive it 30 miles to Ascot and back... and never had a problem"). He also praised the easy starting of the Fiat ("even after six months it would start on the second or third pull") in correspondence with the new owner, Michael Banfield, who bought it via specialist dealer Peter Harper of Cheshire.

    Capable of carrying ten people in comfort in its rear compartment and in good running order, this handsome bus is fitted with Carello electric headlamps and Lucas oil side and tail lights, and is in good running order; its engine was rebuilt while in Mr Shiveley's ownership and has covered relatively few miles since.
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1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
1915 Fiat  Tipo 2B Station Bus  Chassis no. 29757 Engine no. 3481
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