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Chassis no. 508*016627 - Engine no. 108*017731
Coachbuilder: Fiat
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; L- Limited edition cars
Owner: Private Collection
One of the first SIATA uprated version that ran the 1934 Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Gilera and Sebastiano Manzoni.
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Introduced in 1932, the 508 Balilla became immediately the car which motorized the Italians, thanks to its low purchase cost and easy maintenance of its 4-cylinder 995 cc. engine.
The 508 S Balilla Sport competition version was inspired by an original design by Carrozzeria Ghia. The first cars were built based on the Fiat 508 Spyder, suitably modified as "tipo corsa" (type race) and still show the chassis numbers without the letter S.
In 1933 Fiat introduced the sporting version 508 S Balilla Sport, characterized by a lighter, very nice and pleasant body, which soon became one of the cars to dream for the younger generation.
FIAT purchased the rights by Ghia, manufacturing two versions: the standard version “Coppa d’Oro” had fully enclosed fenders while the “Mille Miglia” used smaller cycle fenders and a lighter chassis. The engine was also uprated to 43 bhp over the version standard 36 bhp. The first model won the Coppa d’Oro del Littorio, which earned it the nickname “Coppa d’Oro”, the second model won the 1933 Mille Miglia in the up to 1100 cc Utility Class. 
Clothed in stylish open two-seater bodywork with distinctive finned tail, the early "Spider Sport" models came with the same crash gearbox as the other cars, but the engine was fed by a special carburetor, which with its raised compression ratio of 7:1 gave rise to a maximum output listed as 30 hp (22 kW) at 4,000 rpm. 
Introduced in 1934, the 508CS second series improved on this successful formula, adopting a four-speed synchromesh gearbox and an overhead-valve engine producing 46bhp. The final drive ratio was also altered, and top speed went up to 110 km/h (69 mph). Siata produced at the time accessories and uprated parts, making it probably one of the earliest car tuners.

Chassis 508016627 was called Spyder "tipo corsa" in the documents of the time, it is believed to be one of the pre-series and took part with this shape of body to the 1934 Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Gilera and Sebastiano Manzoni.
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2nd July 1933
Susa Moncenisio
| Torino | Italy
driver: Italo Mascherpa
entry number: 16
7th April 1934 - 8th April 1934
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Giuseppe Gilera
co-driver: Sebastiano Manzoni
entry number: 15
24th October 2009
Coys Auction - Automoto D'Epoca
| Padova (PD) | Italy
11th May 2011 - 14th May 2011
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Ezio Perletti
co-driver: Ivan Bresciani
entry number: 42
2nd September 2011 - 5th September 2011
uniques special ones international concours
| Florence (FI) | Italy
driver: Ezio Perletti
entry number: 8
16th September 2011 - 18th September 2011
Gran Premio Nuvolari
| Mantova (MN) | Italy
driver: Ivan Bresciani
co-driver: Ezio Perletti
entry number: 34
15th May 2013 - 19th May 2013
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Andrea Belometti
co-driver: Emanuela Putelli
entry number: 62
19th September 2013 - 22nd September 2013
Gran Premio Nuvolari
| Mantova (MN) | Italy
driver: Andrea Belometti
co-driver: Giovanni Scarabelli
entry number: 32
11th April 2014 - 12th April 2014
Franciacorta Historic
| Castrezzato (BS) | Italy
driver: Andrea Belometti
co-driver: Stefano Cadei
entry number: 3
15th May 2014 - 18th May 2014
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Andrea Belometti
co-driver: Giovanni Scarabelli
entry number: 83


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