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Motor Car - Fiat 501, 1925 Object Reg. No: ST 026123

Fiat 501 motor car with a tourer body. Purchased by the Museum in 1964. According to Fiat factory records the chassis and engine were built in 1925 Some refurbishment to the body was later carried out by Martin & King.
Fitted with 23 horsepower (17 kW) straight four-cylinder side-valve 1460 cc petrol engine and four-speed manual transmission. Wheelbase 265 cm (104.3 in). Curb weight approx 1,000 kg (2,205 lb).
Statement Of Significance:
This vehicle is typical of the type of medium-sized motor car popular in Australia during the 1920s at a time when cars for private use were increasingly being acquired by middle-class families. At this time most motor cars sold in Australia were imported as 'knocked down' chassis and engine units that were fitted with locally-made bodies available in various styles before being sent to the distributor's showrooms.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1750 mm (Height), 1640 mm (Width), 4040 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: motor cars, motor vehicle body building, fiat berlina 4door 1950
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, Fiat 501 Motor Car
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor cars
Manufacturer: Fiat Motors, Torino, Italy, 1925
Past Owner: L. Keady, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


roberto Iatì Posted on 11 Jan 2010 12:00 AM
[Explicit] have a fiat 501 built in Victoria.
J come from Italy, Aosta city.
Bye Roberto
António Melo Posted on 25 Jan 2010 7:13 AM
Hi, I have a FIAT from 1925 but not in good condition...
The family is interested to sell the car.
So if somebody is interested please contact me.
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Jan 2010 3:33 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Antonio, Museum Victoria has a limited acquisitions budget and relies heavily on generous donations from members of the public. But we would not refuse to consider an offer if it was a piece of significance to Victorian History. As with donation offers, these need to be received in writing. To send an offer, click on the 'Ask the experts' link above and then on 'Donations' in the menu at left. Please provide us with images and, prior to sending us your enquiry, please read our donation guidelines as we require the same information for all our objects.

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