1926 FIAT 509 Roadster with Dickey Registration no. SV 9449 Chassis no. to be advised
Please note, the invoice mention in the text does not come with the car.
FIAT's smallest-ever car when announced in October 1924 at the Paris Salon, the 509 was in essence a scaled down version of its larger siblings and thus not as small as many rival designs. It was however, exceptionally well specified, having an overhead-camshaft engine, 12-volt electrics and four-wheel brakes, advanced features not usually found on 'economy class' cars of the period. The 990cc four-cylinder engine produced 20bhp and drove via a four-speed gearbox, while the robustly built chassis featured semi-elliptic springing all round and torque tube transmission to the live rear axle. Like Austin and Morris in the UK, FIAT recognised the importance of extending car ownership to the masses; an in-house hire purchase facility was introduced to help encourage sales and within a year the 509 was Italy's best-selling car.
An early 509 road-tested by The Autocar in 1925 was described as "A silent, vibrationless engine with plenty of power, snappy without being harsh, simple and perfectly accessible; a good clutch and a deliciously sweet gearbox; well sprung and sturdy at speed; possessing good four wheel brakes; it was hard to find any points to criticise." Glowing terms indeed! The bambina comfortably accommodated four people, cruised comfortably at 40-45mph and returned 35 miles per gallon economy. A design which presaged the revolutionary 500 Topolino of the 1930s, the 509 was an immense success despite being far from the cheapest in its class, selling 90,000 units before production ceased in 1929.
Right-hand drive, like all FIATs of this period, this charming 509 roadster represents a rare opportunity to acquire a desirable open roadster example of one of FIAT's landmark models, the car is offered with a V5 registration document.