The first FIAT (FIAT being an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino), was rolled out from the factory sometime in 1901. The management of FIAT then approached Faccioli to develop a front-engined vehicle. After many try outs using four and six cylinder models, FIAT was ready to reveal its first mass-produced car; the 1912 ‘Tipo Zero’. Post WW1 would bring Fiat much sales-figures related merriment – the 501 Carlo Cavalli designed model was introduced in 1919 and over 45,000 units were built by 1926.
After experimenting with some luxurious, big engined motor cars, the Fiat 507 was introduced in 1926 at the same time as the smaller engined Fiat 503. It was based on the 505 model but with some technical modifications that included an upgraded suspension and brakes.
The 507 was available as a four-door sedan and a cabriolet which shared the same torpedo-type body but the car was pulled from the market in 1927 after 3,700 models had been made, and replaced by the Fiat 520. Fiat then resumed development of its highly popular mass market models resulting in the 509; a light-weight vehicle that exceeded every previous FIAT sales record; by 1929, FIAT had sold more than 90,000 ‘509’ cars.
This pretty 4 seat open tourer was built in 1926 and we are informed it runs sweetly as does the transmission. The engine is an OHC design of just under 1 litre with Marelli magneto and Zenith carburetors.
The leather interior is described as being excellent as are the sprung seats. The dashboard has had an oil pressure gauge, clock and ammeter added for peace of mind. There is of course a self starter and the horn emits an oooog-ha!!
The body and frame have no issues and the paint still looks great and is again an older finish.
4 Wheel brakes are rod operated and can pull up safely and feel reassuring.
The hood uses 2 tone mohair and has a beautiful bevel edged oval rear window with 6 newly made and covered side windows with new screens fitted. These are stored in 2 matching bags behind the rear seat.
The vendor reports that the car has proved to be totally reliable and draws a lot of interest as one would expect. Supplied with its original UK registration number GF 6762; this is a charming Italian tourer.