A top earner at the Hershey, Pennsylvania event from RM Auctions earlier this month? This 1905 Fiat Tourer with a whopping 60-horsepower.
60HP is double what anything else offered in 1905 — with huge power like this making it the Rolls-Royce and Bentley of its era. The Fiat packs triple the 20-hp that the Ford Model T’s “L-head” four-cylinder delivered from from 1910 to 1930. A wheel and triple-pedal setup on the floor also predates nearly any other car with this now-standard control layout.
This very car was originally owned by August Anheuser Busch Senior — to give a sense of how old-money this Fiat is.
Stunning patina and original detailing shines throughout this open-topped Tourer — with parlor-room burgundy leathers and five seats atop what was basically a race-car chassis and engine.
This is the car to later inspire Bugatti and all the rest into making high-speed, high-luxury supercars of all kinds.
1905 FIAT 60HP Five-Passenger Tourer by Quinby & Co.
1905 FIAT 60 HP Five-Passenger Tourer by Quinby & Co.
To be auctioned on Friday, October 10, 2014
Sold for $825,000
- Chassis no. 3003
- Engine no. 3003
- Body no. 502
60 hp, 647 cu. in. (10.61-liter) T-head four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with dual chain drive, pedal-operated dual driveshaft brakes, and handbrake-operated two-wheel rear mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117.5 in.
- Originally owned by August Anheuser Busch Sr.
- The third of twenty examples built; the sole surviving example
- Five caretakers over 109 years; highly original condition
- A 2012 Pebble Beach Preservation class runner-up
- The world’s first cost-no-object, elite automobile
THE MIGHTY 60 HORSEPOWER