<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591

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Lot 226¤
1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo

Sold for US$ 14,300 inc. premium
1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo
Engine no. 144591

990cc OHV Inline-4 Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
21bhp at 3,400rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Longitudinal Leaf Spring Suspension with Solid Front and Rear Axles
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Rarely seen in the US
*Purchased by the seller's father in Italy, later to be sold in the 1950s
*Rediscovered by the vendor's son in Scranton, PA nearly half a century later
*An elegant little tourer


THE FIAT 509

FIAT's smallest-ever car when announced in October 1924 at the Paris Salon, the 509 was in essence a scaled down version of its larger siblings and thus not as small as many rival designs. It was however, exceptionally well specified, having an overhead-camshaft engine, 12-volt electrics and four-wheel brakes, advanced features not usually found on 'economy class' cars of the period. The 990cc four-cylinder engine produced 21bhp and drove via a four-speed gearbox, while the robustly built chassis featured semi-elliptic springing all round and torque tube transmission to the live rear axle. Like Austin and Morris in the UK, FIAT recognized the importance of extending car ownership to the masses; an in-house hire purchase facility was introduced to help encourage sales and within a year the 509 was Italy's best-selling car. A design which presaged the revolutionary 500 Topolino of the 1930s, the 509 was an immense success despite being far from the cheapest in its class, selling 90,000 units before production ceased in 1929.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Sometimes you find a car, and sometimes a car finds you. This little Fiat was acquired in Agrigento, Sicily by the vendor's father and driven through the verdant Italian hillside as a taxi throughout WWII. In the 1950s the little Fiat was sold to a fish monger and went from transporting people to moving the fruits of the sea. In the meantime, the vendor's father and the vendor moved from Italy to New York. Decades later, the little Fiat followed when it was bought by an American collector and shipped stateside in 1987. Shipped to Scranton, Pennsylvania, it was transported without antifreeze and suffered a cracked block during its winter trip. Rendered inoperable at the time, it ended up [fittingly] under a cover behind a pizza joint. It was there that the vendor discovered the car and, in looking through the paperwork, found his father's name.

Swiftly acquiring the car, it was restored back to operational condition and driven in the 1998 Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan. At the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in 2000, the vendor's father got behind the wheel of his old Fiat for the first time in over fifty years.

Today the car still carries a nice bit of patina but show well. Exceptionally rare in the US, it is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these elegant little machines on this side of the Atlantic. Just think, maybe if you end up selling it—it'll find its way back to you in another fifty years time!

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<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
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<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
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<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
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<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
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<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
<B>1927 FIAT 509 Torpedo</B><BR />Engine no. 144591
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