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Fiat 2800 Berlinetta Touring

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#000561

The Fiat 2800 Berlinetta Touring: Mussolini’s last hope.

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 2800 Berlinetta Touring represents a significant chapter in pre-World War II Italian automotive history. Designed on the eve of the global conflict, the Fiat 2800 chassis was one of the last models developed by Fiat before the outbreak of World War II. A total of 624 units were produced, with 210 of these built for military applications and 414 for private owners. Among these, only three were fortunate enough to be bodied by the esteemed Carrozzeria Touring, making these examples exceedingly rare and desirable. The Fiat 2800 was an impressive automobile in its time, characterized by its conservative yet prestigious design. The 2.8-liter straight-six engine produced 85 horsepower at 3,000 rpm, allowing the hefty car to reach speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. Its engineering was intended to ensure reliability and sturdy performance, which was particularly valued given its use in both civilian and military contexts. The Berlinetta variant, crafted by Touring Superleggera, epitomized luxury and exclusivity. Touring was renowned for its Superleggera (super lightweight) construction technique, which involved using a lightweight tubular frame covered by aluminum body panels. This not only enhanced the car’s performance by reducing its weight but also provided a sleek and elegant design that was characteristic of Touring’s creations. The example in question, chassis no. 000561, carries with it a story shrouded in historical intrigue. It is said that this particular Fiat 2800 Berlinetta was part of the convoy used by Benito Mussolini and his companions, including Claretta Petacci and her brother Marcel, in their attempt to flee Italy in April 1945. While definitive details of its involvement remain unconfirmed, the association with such a dramatic historical event adds a layer of fascination and mystique to this already remarkable automobile. Given its custom coachwork by Touring Superleggera, the Fiat 2800 Berlinetta was an expensive car when new, typically owned by affluent individuals or entities. It would not be surprising to learn that some of these cars ended up in the hands of prominent figures, including members of Italy’s Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party).

Fiat 2800 Berlinetta Touring

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    2800 Berlinetta
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    Touring
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