Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030

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Lot 233
1933 Fiat 508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider

Sold for € 110,400 (US$ 123,217) inc. premium
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly
1933 Fiat 508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider
Chassis no. 021030
•Early FIAT sports car
•Purchased from the FIAT museum curator
•Professionally restored in the late 1970s/early 1980s
•Present ownership since 2004
•Eligible for the Mille Miglia and many other prestigious events


Footnotes

  • Based on the highly successful 508 Balilla saloon, the 508 Balilla Sport competition version was inspired by an original design by Carrozzeria Ghia. FIAT purchased the rights, manufacturing two versions: the Coppa d'Oro (Gold Cup) and lightweight Mille Miglia, named after successes gained in these demanding long distance events. Despite its age, the 508 Balilla was still winning races in the immediate post-war years, adding to a formidable reputation built on numerous victories in classic events in the pre-WW2 era, including the Mille Miglia, Monte Carlo Rally, Targa Florio, Spa Francorchamps 24-Hour, Ulster TT, and Le Mans.

    This rare 508 Balilla Sport 'Coppa d'Oro' Series 2 was known in the UK in the early 1970s and is believed to have been imported into the UK post-war. The original chassis and engine numbers (as shown on the chassis plate) align with a 1933 production date, while the current engine probably dates from 1935. '021030' formerly formed part of the collection belonging to L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly. The car was restored from the ground upwards in the late 1970s/early 1980s by Wilkinson & Sharp of Philadelphia, PA at a cost of $50,000, with the advice and help of both Augusto Constantino and Antonio Amadeli of the FIAT Museum Centro Storico, and of Dr Veniero Molari. An album of restoration photographs and correspondence is available for inspection together with L Scott Bailey's full account of the rebuild.

    Upon purchase from the FIAT Museum Curator, and before restoration, this car had been loaned to Pininfarina, assisting in the launch of the FIAT Dino ('FIAT's first sportscar; FIAT's newest sportscar.') and after completion in 1984 guested at the Meadowbrook, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts Automobile and Culture Exhibit. It has also been invited to the Mille Miglia. After some 20 years in the Bailey Collection, the FIAT was offered for sale at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in June 2004 (Lot 791) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Since then the car has benefited from maintenance carried out on the engine, brakes, and wheel hubs, the latter being renewed recently.

    A substantial quantity of related literature is included in the sale including a copy of '508 Balilla' (Editor, Giorgio Nada) depicting this actual car (pages 52/53). It is also pictured in accompanying copies of 'Linea FIAT' and 'La FIAT Mille Miglia', the latter showing the car prior to restoration. Various other books, an owner's manual (in Italian), and a copy of Automobile Quarterly (Vol. 5 No. 4) are included in the sale.

    Offered with a UK V5C registration document, this car represents an opportunity to acquire one of the rarest, most charismatic, and highly sought after of FIAT's pre-war sports cars, eligible for a wide variety of prestigious historic events.

    Ancienne voiture de la collection de L. Scott Bailey, fondateur et rédacteur en chef d'Automobile Quarterly
    Fiat 508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider 1933
    Châssis n° 021030

    •Une des premières Fiat de sport
    •Acquise auprès du Musée Fiat
    •Professionnellement restaurée à la fin des années 1970/début des années 1980
    •Propriété du vendeur depuis 2004
    •Éligible pour la Mille Miglia et autres grandes épreuves historiques

    Dérivée de la très réussie berline Fiat 508 Balilla, la version compétition 508 Balilla Sport fut inspirée par un dessin original de la Carrozzeria Ghia. Fiat en acheta les droits et construisit deux versions : la Coppa d'Oro et la Mille Miglia allégée ainsi appelée après ses succès obtenus dans ces terribles courses disputées sur grandes distances. Malgré son âge, la 508 Balilla gagnait encore des courses après la Seconde Guerre mondiale en enrichissant un palmarès construit sur d'innombrables victoires signées avant la guerre dans la Mille Miglia, la Targa Florio, les 24 Heures de Spa Francorchamps, l'Ulster TT et au Mans.

    Cette rare 508 Ballilla Sport « Coppa d'Oro » série 2 connue au Royaume-Uni au début des années 1970 y aurait été importée après la fin de la guerre. Les numéros de châssis et de moteur (indiqués sur la plaque du châssis) désignent une voiture produite en 1933, alors que le moteur actuel date de 1935. La 508 n° 021030 fit partie de la collection de L. Scott Bailey, fondateur et rédacteur en chef de la revue Automobile Quarterly. Elle a été restaurée depuis le châssis à la fin des années 1970 et au début des années 1980 par Wilkinson & Sharp de Philadelphie (PA/USA) pour un coût de 50 000 dollars avec les conseils et l'assistance d'Augusto Constantino et d'Antonio Amadeli du Fiat Museum Centro Storico et du Dr Veniero Molari. Un album photo de la restauration et un recueil de correspondances sont disponibles à la consultation ainsi qu'un compte-rendu complet de cette reconstruction par L. Scott Bailey.

    Après son achat auprès du conservateur du musée Fiat et avant sa restauration, la voiture fut prêtée à Pininfarina au moment du lancement de la Fiat Dino (« Première voiture de sport de Fiat » ; « la nouvelle sport de Fiat ») et après son achèvement en 1984, elle fut invitée au concours de Meadowbrook, au Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts Automobile and Culture Exhibit. Elle fut aussi invitée à la Mille Miglia. Après avoir passé une vingtaine d'années dans la collection Bailey, la Fiat fut proposée à la vente Bonhams du Goodwood Festival of Speed de juin 2004 (Lot 791) où le vendeur en fit l'acquisition. La voiture a bénéficié depuis de travaux d'entretien au niveau du moteur, des freins et des moyeux de roue, ces derniers ayant été refaits récemment.

    Elle est accompagnée d'une copieuse littérature dont un exemplaire de « 508 Balilla » (éditons Giorgio Nada) qui décrit cette voiture (pages 52/53). Elle est aussi représentée dans les exemplaires joints de « Linea Fiat » et de « La Fiat Mille Miglia », ce dernier ouvrage montrant la voiture avant sa restauration. Divers autres ouvrages, un manuel d'utilisation (en italien) et un numéro d'Automobile Quarterly (Vol. 5 n° 4) sont inclus dans la vente.

    Offerte avec un document d'immatriculation britannique V5C, cette « Coppa d'Oro » offre une bonne opportunité d'acquérir l'une des Fiat sport d'avant 1940 parmi les plus rares et les plus sympathiques, éligible dans un grand nombre de manifestations historiques.
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Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
Formerly part of the Collection of L Scott Bailey, founding Editor and Publisher of Automobile Quarterly,1933 Fiat  508 Balilla Coppa d'Oro Spider  Chassis no. 021030
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