Whilst recently assisting the Film & Video Curator to research material for a separate project, the NMMT Research & Enquiries Officer spotted a very familiar vehicle. This vehicle was the National Motor Museum’s 1913 Fiat Tipo Zero and it was participating in the 1933 London to Edinburgh Trial. The car can be seen tackling the tricky Park Rash Hill Climb in the Yorkshire Dales.
AR 4965 has had a long and varied history. Built in 1913 in Turin, it was supplied in chassis only form to coachbuilders Farina who added a two seat with dickey body.
In 1917, the car was fitted with electric lighting and larger wheels. In the 1930s Mr E A Prime used the car to compete in various long distance trials including the 1933 London to Edinburgh. Later, until 1951, it was used as a garage tow vehicle. Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, purchased the Tipo Zero in 1958. In 1959 the car went on temporary display in upmarket London department store Derry & Toms, compete with motoring attired mannequins, also of course advertising the Montagu Motor Museum. The car has now been at Beaulieu for nearly 60 years.
The 1933 London to Edinburgh Trial film has now been digitised, using the Film & Video Department’s telecine facilities. For the first time you can now view this versatile vehicle in its racing prime, using its 1847cc 4 cylinder engine to good effect tackling the steep Yorkshire tracks of Park Rash.
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