Fiat 3.5hp

Key facts

  • Year: 1899
  • Country: Italy
  • Capacity: 697cc
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Performance: 22mph
  • Price new: Not quoted
  • Loaned by: Private Owner
  • Manufacturer: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino
An 1899 Fiat 3.5hp veteran car Not on Display

This Fiat 3.5hp is one of the earliest surviving Fiats, and the oldest in Britain. Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT) was founded by a group of Turin investors in July 1899 and began assembling cars in a temporary factory. This Fiat seats two adults in comfort, plus two children facing the driver, a layout known as vis-à-vis.

The newly founded company absorbed two smaller businesses one of which was a bicycle manufacturer which already had a prototype car, called the ‘Welleyes’. The first dozen or so cars manufactured by Fiat in 1899 were derived from this prototype. A new purpose-built factory started producing cars from March 1900. Fiat grew to be an industrial giant and one of the world’s largest motor manufacturers.

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