Gijsbert-Paul Berk continues his study of the Fiat 1100, supported by the work of Hugues Vanhoolandt; Paul Wilson explains how the horseless carriage became an automobile, aided by the photos of Jonathan Sharp; the 45th Oldtimer GP is covered by Alessandro Gerelli. And, please, Click here to Subscribe!
By Gijsbert-Paul Berk and friends
With over 30 color photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
Previously in a series of four installments, Gijsbert-Paul Berk covered the prewar beginnings of the Fiat 1100 in 1937 up to the introduction of the Nuovo 103 and the final Italian version, the 1100R which ceased production in 1969. A long and glorious history, to be sure.
But there is always more to this interesting story of one of Italy’s greatest cars. Initially, for this episode, we planned to show just a few of the special-bodied 1100s that graced the auto shows in the 1950s, such as the gorgeous Allemano, below. Then Hugues Vanhoolandt sent along a huge selection of Fiat 1100-based cars that also included many of the sports-racers which used 1100 components. The result is below. And bear with us, the story of a Touch of Dante’s Genius is not done yet! [Read more…] about A Touch of Dante’s Genius Continues
Photos by Alessandro Gerelli
Sending in his set of photos from this year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix (August 11-13), Alessandro Gerelli remarked, “I first attended this event 20 years ago, in 1997! I can’t believe how many years have gone by!” And, he tells us he has not missed a year since. [Read more…] about Vintage Racing at the Nurburgring
Story by Paul Wilson
Photos by Jonathan Sharp unless otherwise noted
When they were built, the ancient vehicles puffing and creaking their way every year from London to Brighton were called “horseless carriages.” Yet in an astonishingly short period–only really from 1899 through 1904–the most advanced cars outgrew the term, with dramatic functional and aesthetic development that erased their horse-drawn origins. Because the cars depart from Hyde Park in chronological order, earliest first, an amazing history lesson unfolds before us. But to understand it fully, we need to reconsider what “horseless” meant, to someone early in the last century. [Read more…] about Rapid Advancements of the Horseless Carriage
Yes, Philippe Defechereux has completed Part 3 of the Traction Avant story and it is great! He was truly inspired while writing the heroic and sometimes evil aspects of the Traction Avant in World War II.
Alas, we have found no photos that are permissible or affordable to use. Good wartime photos are tied up by very expensive image sourcing companies.
We are hoping that someone in our readership may be able to find wartime snapshots of the T/A at war.
Lacking that, perhaps you might have some photos of the Free French T/As that are popular at events in France today. They’d work almost as well.
So, if you can help, let us know and contact me at email@example.com.
Story and photos by Pete Vack
They are charming, as only a French car can be. They are rare; only a few were ever made, a long, long time ago. They are almost totally useless, as many classics are. They are relatively slow and they are stiffly sprung, as a car made in the mid-twenties can often be. Most have no differential, so a locked rear end is a way of life. They have no weather protection, making them inadequate outside of California. Parts must be fabricated, not bought. No one knows what they are. [Read more…] about French Joy: 1928 Amilcar
We are very pleased to announce that VeloceToday contributor Brandes Elitch has been honored with the prestigious International Automotive Media award. Elitch is a long-time contributor to VeloceToday and we were proud to have helped Elitch take the book from conception to publication. Our congratulations to both Elitch and publisher David Fetherston. [Read more…] about Lancia Loraymo Wins Automotive Media Award
Story by Gijsbert-Paul Berk and friends
In the continuing saga of the Fiat 1100, Gijsbert-Paul Berk presents the line of 1089 cc Fiats from the 1953 Nuovo 103 to the final variant, the 1969 1100 R.
The postwar European economic boom created demand for workers in the industrialized triangle between the cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa. Around 9 million Italians moved from poor rural and mainly agricultural areas to find employment there. During those years, the Italian GPD grew with an average of 5.8% per year, very close to the German growth rate; the purchasing power of the population rose accordingly.
Story by Graham Gauld
You would think that after spending three and a half days at the Silverstone Classic, I would come up with a host of stories. But this year, I must confess, it was tough. This is not because there were no interesting cars; but I had arranged in advance various meetings with people who had written asking for help with books or articles they are writing, plus the usual problem of getting round the paddock without someone diverting my attention.
France, 1925: What has a mid-engined unit frame chassis, independent four wheel suspension with coil springs, OHV four cylinder engine with conical valve springs, four wheel brakes and an aerodynamic body with roll down windows?
Story by Eric Davison
In the first quarter of the 20th century, the French auto industry was leading the world with innovation. A great deal of that innovation appeared because a few of the better engineering minds of the time were convinced that there was a direct correlation between the automobile and the airplane.
Surely the Farman brothers, Gabriel Voisin and even Ettore Bugatti felt so. The Farman brothers started out with airplanes for which they were pioneers and innovators. Their cars were equally delightful.
Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp
Looking at the sparsely-seated grandstands in some of the shots below, you would think the Silverstone Classic was nearly empty, believe me it was not. Over the three day weekend (July 28-30) over 100,000, people trod on these hallowed grounds. There is so much so see and do the races, all 22 of them, can become just another attraction to be enjoyed.
Story by Gijsbert-Paul Berk and friends
While Pierre Dusio was making a huge impact with his 1100 Fiat-powered Cisitalias, back at Fiat they weren’t idle and eager to return to some normalcy. As early as 1947 the Fiat 1100 S sports coupe made its appearance and was an immediate success, both in term of sales and results. Its shape was somehow reminiscent of its predecessor, the 1938 MM. With a maximum height of 1 m, 35 cm it was 1 cm higher than the pre-war car, but still much lower than the saloon, which measured 1 m 51cm. The compression ratio of the 1089 cc. four cylinder was raised to 7.5 : 1 and the S engine delivered 51 HP at 5200 rpm. With a dry weight of just 818 kg (1803 lbs.) this made an acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in. 21.5 sec possible and a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Of course, many lucky owners participated in the Mille Miglia and other competitions.