FIAT 501S tourer 1924
Lot 346
FIAT 501S tourer 1924
Sold for € 19,550 (US$ 22,298) inc. premium

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FIAT 501S tourer 1924
Châssis n° 1241686

•Une des FIAT les plus importante de son époque
•Rare version sport
•Livrée neuve en Belgique

La première petite cylindrée de FIAT présentée après la première guerre mondiale, fut la Tipo 501. Comme la Zero d'avant-guerre, la 501 était animée par un quatre cylindres à soupapes latérales, mais d'une cylindrée un peu moindre (1 460 cm3) et allait connaître un immense succès, avec plus de 45 000 unités vendues entre 1919 et 1926. Elle était également proposée dans une version sport légèrement plus puissante, la Tipo 501 S dont il fut construit quelques 2 600 unités.

Les archives de FIAT montrent que le châssis numéro 1241686 a été livré neuf à Liège, en Belgique, une région vallonnée qui justifiait les roues de petites dimensions (730x130). Cette taille était l'une des trois proposées par l'usine et procurait à la voiture de meilleures accélérations et plus de puissance en côte, aux dépens de la vitesse maximale. Les premiers papiers datent de 1945, lorsque la FIAT fut immatriculée au nom d'un certain Jean Fontaine de Liège. On trouve également un « carnet de roulage » (permis de rouler) enregistrant chaque voyage effectué entre novembre 1945 et juin 1946. À l'époque l'essence était rationnée et la FIAT de M. Fontaine devait être utilisée uniquement pour le travail d'où ce carnet. Les derniers papiers officiels concernant M. Fontaine datent d'octobre 1956.

En 1957, la FIAT fut immatriculée au nom d'Olivier Halleux de Verviers, en Belgique, un collectionneur bien connu, passant en 1977 à un autre collectionneur belge, Fernand Tiquet (facture de vente au dossier). Le dossier contient également les papiers d'un ancien contrôle technique (1957), un certificat de déclaration (1945), le manuel du propriétaire d'origine et un catalogue de pièces.

1924 FIAT 501S Tourer
Chassis no. 1241686

•One of the most successful FIATs of its day
•Rare sports variant
•Supplied new to Belgium

FIAT's first post-WWI introduction in the small-capacity class was the Tipo 501. Like the pre-war Zero model, the 501 was powered by a four-cylinder sidevalve engine, though of slightly smaller (1,460cc) capacity, and would prove to be an outstanding success with over 45,000 sold between 1919 and 1926. Also available was a slightly more powerful Tipo 510S sports version, some 2,600 of which were built.

The FIAT archives record the fact that chassis number '1241686' was supplied new to Liège, Belgium, a hilly area that explains the small sized wheels (730x130). The latter size was one of three offered by the factory and would have given the car better acceleration and climbing power, at the expense of ultimate top speed. The earliest paperwork dates from 1945 when the FIAT was registered to one Jean Fontaine of Liège. Also present is a 'Carnet de Roulage' (Permission to Drive) recording every trip the car made between November 1945 and June 1946. At that time petrol was rationed and Mr Fontaine's FIAT was supposed to be for business use only, hence the Carnet. The last official paperwork relating to Mr Fontaine's ownership dates from October 1956.

In 1957, the FIAT was registered in the name of Olivier Halleux of Verviers, Belgium, a well-known collector, passing in 1977 to another Belgian collector, Fernand Tiquet (sales invoice on file). The file also contains export paperwork, an old Contrôle Technique (1957), 'Certificat de Declaration' (1945), an original owner's manual, and a parts catalogue
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