Result list 1 April 2017

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Lotnumber: 739
LONDON. Cert. of 500 Deferred Shares of 1 Shilling. red. No 173. Large format, with vignette of a FIAT motor-cab, with driver and passengers. FIAT is of course one of the best-known names in the world of cars, being synonymous with Italian cars, and producing cars, lorries, buses, aero-engines, marine engines, ball-bearings, etc., not only in Italy but in many other countries of the world. The founders of the company (originally Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, known as F.I.A.T. to 1906 and FIAT from 1907) were Giovanni Agnelli, di Bricherasio and Count Carlo Biscarett di Ruffia. The first model appeared in 1899; other models soon followed, but the company was clearly under the influence of Mercedes. 1907 saw the first move outside Italy, with license production in Austria. The company made its name in racing from 1904, and in 1907 won many top prizes. The racing models became bigger and bigger, with a 28-litre model reaching 132 m.p.h. in 1913. 1908 saw a new era in touring-car design, and a real breakaway from Mercedes-style designs, and a rangeof successful 4-cylinder models was offered. During WWI the company concentrated on military production. In 1919 FIAT emerged as mass-producers, with the 1.5 litre Tipo 501, but the old tradition of luxury was carried on by a vast 12-cylinder model. Racing too was resumed in 1921, and in 1924 the company took the world land speed record at 146 m.p.h., using a model powered by a 21-litre FIAT airship engine! Many models were introduced in the 1920s and 1930s, and the very small Topolino and larger Millecento designs from the late 1930s continued in production after WWII. In 1955 the old 500cc Topolino gave way to the 600cc model, and by 1960 over a million of these had been built. A whole range of 4- and 6-cylinder cars was developed, and steadily expanded over the years. The company, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is today the world's 7th largest carmaker. This FIAT piece is extremely rare and early. The company purchased up to 400 Fiat Taximeter Cabs to drive in London. Folds and a few repaired edge-tear. Rarity 10.
Themes: AUTOMOBILES
GREAT BRITAIN, ITALY
Date: 27 October 1908
Quality: VF
Startprice: € 500