RM Hershey Highlights – 1905 FIAT 60HP Five-Passenger Tourer by Quinby & Co.



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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.

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Lot 257

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

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