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Fiat 24/40 Hp Sparviero

The Fiat 24/40 Hp Sparviero Castagna Triple Phaeton (opened with three rows of seats)

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 24/40 Hp Sparviero, crafted in 1905 by Carrozzeria Castagna, stands as a testament to automotive elegance and craftsmanship of its era. Commissioned for Queen Mother Margherita of Savoy, this marvel of engineering was specifically designed for a mountainous excursion, reflecting both luxury and practicality. The Triple Phaeton, an open vehicle with three rows of seats, showcased meticulous attention to detail in its construction. The Sparviero’s superior build quality and abundance of accessories were unparalleled in its time. Noteworthy features included flawless saddlery execution, an abundance of lights, and a clock encased in the door’s coating. Its opulence was matched only by its performance, as some historical accounts suggest that the Sparviero participated in the challenging Susa-Moncenisio rally, highlighting its versatility. However, the Sparviero’s history is not without its dramatic moments. In 1905, Queen Margherita experienced a notable incident during a journey. The event unfolded in the straight between Donnas and Pont-Saint-Martin in the locality of Venturini around 11 p.m. on August 19. Stones placed on the road by individuals near a house under construction posed a threat. Miraculously, due to the driver’s skill, the Sparviero did not tip over. Queen Margherita, in acknowledging the resilience of the vehicle, credited Fiat for the car’s solidity. Whether gracing mountain roads or facing unexpected challenges, the Fiat 24/40 Hp Sparviero remains a symbol of automotive sophistication, blending luxury with resilience in a bygone era of motoring excellence.

fiat 24/40 hp Sparviero

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    24/40 Hp
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