The FIAT 1500 was an all-new design first shown to the public at the Milan Motor Show in November 1935. Automotive engineers had begun to pay greater attention to aerodynamic considerations and the 1500 was an outstanding example of this newly acquired knowledge applied to passenger car design. Developed in a wind tunnel, the 1500’s striking body featured a raked back radiator grille intended to reduce aerodynamic drag, though this would be replaced by a more conventional upright grille in 1940, no doubt due to the dictates of fashion. Beneath the skin there was a tubular backbone chassis boasting independent front suspension, the latter making its first appearance on a FIAT car. The 1500’s engine was a 45bhp 1,493cc overhead-valve straight-six that shared its 65x75mm bore/stroke dimensions with the contemporary four-cylinder Tipo 508. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox while top speed was in the region of 113km/h.
FIAT offered open models as well as the standard saloon, and the 1500 chassis was popular with independent coachbuilders such as Carrozzeria Ghia of Turin and Carrozzeria Colli of Milan, which offered voluptuous one-off designs in aluminium. Competition versions with special bodies raced at events such the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. Manufacture of the 1500 recommenced after WW2 and by the time the model was deleted in 1948, some 42,500 had been produced.
This very pretty car is from a deceased estate and comes with copies of Italian registration and Automobile Club d’Italia certificate. A letter from Fiat archives Ecentro Storico dated 25/10/14 states that chassis number 019373 was manufactured on 1st November 1937 with a standard steel body. In more recent years, the car has been beautifully re-bodied with its current aluminium Barchetta coachwork. The quality of this restoration has to be seen to be appreciated. Described by the vendor as “on the button”, the 1,500cc straight six engine breaths through Weber carburettors and produces a wonderful sound. Finished in red with tan leather interior there’s room for both passenger and luggage. This is one of the finest examples on the market of this rare and extremely pretty Italian sports car.
Dieser sehr hübsche italienische Sportwagen ist aus einem Nachlass und kommt mit Kopien der italienischen Registrierung und Zertifikat des Autoclubs D’Italia. Ein Brief vom Fiat Archiv Ecentro Storico datiert am 25.10.2014, besagt dass Fahrgestell Nummer 019373 am 1. November 1937 mit einem Standardstahlkörper gefertigt wurde. In den letzten Jahren ist das Auto mit seiner aktuellen Aluminiumkarosserie restauriert worden. Die Qualität dieser Restaurierung wird laut Verkäufer sehr gepriesen, und sein 1500cc-Motor produziert einen wunderbaren Sound. Beendet in Rot, bietet es genug Raum für beide Mitfahrer und Gepäck. Dies ist eines der schönsten Stücke dieses seltenen und äußerst hübschen italienischen Sportwagens auf dem Markt.