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Chassis no. 5500748 - Engine no. 100AN15490
Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Vendrame
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; L- Limited edition cars (no. 2 remaining of no. 3 manufactured, no. 2nd built)
Owner: Private Collection
It is the only uprated by Antonio Fontebasso and ran the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti in 1949.
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The Fiat 500, commonly known as "Topolino", was manufactured by Fiat from 1936 to 1955. The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Three models were produced until 1955, all with only minor mechanical and cosmetic changes. It all started from an idea of Benito Mussolini. In 1930, the Duce had called Senator of the Kingdom of Italy Giovanni Agnelli to inform him of the "absolute necessity" to motorize Italians with an economic car that did not exceed the cost of 5,000 lire. The task was put in the hands of 29 years old Dante Giocosa an aeronautical engineer who’s career with FIAT started in 1928. His work would cover the mechanical content of the car – engine, transmission and chassis. Rudolfo Schaffer, FIAT’s resident coachwork engineer was to design the body at the same time.

In the post-war years Fioravante Zanussi race-prepared several small-capacity cars for private drivers, mainly using Fiat, Alfa Romeo and BMW engines. This barchetta was built on a Fiat 500 B chassis by Fioravante Zanussi in 1948. It was fitted out in a barchetta sport, in aluminum, by Tullio Vendrame of Mareno di Piave (Treviso). This particular sport barchetta is the only remaining of three built with this particular front and it is the only uprated by Antonio Fontebasso, the first owner together Diego Zanotto. Fontebasso wanted to participate in several races. The work was completed in 1948 and the car ran the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti in 1949 and in 1950. In this period Fontebasso decided to emigrate to Brazil and the car was driver by the co-owner Diego Zanotto. It was probably fitted with a 500cc engine with a Siata cylinder head. The original engine was replaced with an engine Lancia Ardea reduced to 750cc in an uncertain date in the past.
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history - owners & events
17th July 1949
Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti
| Cortina d'Ampezzo | Italy
driver: Diego Zanotto
co-driver: Antonio Fontebasso
entry number: 62
16th July 1950
Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti
| Cortina D'Ampezzo | Italy
driver: Antonio Fontebasso
entry number: 58
6th May 2010 - 9th May 2010
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Marc Rooker
co-driver: Mirella Rooker
entry number: 97
16th April 2011
Franciacorta Historic
| Brescia | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Giuseppe Rizzo
entry number: 66
11th May 2011 - 14th May 2011
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Giuseppe Rizzo
entry number: 95
11th June 2011
Coppa Franco Mazzotti
| Brescia (bs) | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Angelo Gerardi
entry number: 19
2nd September 2011 - 4th September 2011
Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti
| Cortina d'Ampezzo | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Giuseppe Rizzo
entry number: 75
24th September 2011 - 25th September 2011
Trofeo Aido Monica Giovanelli
| Gardone Val Trompia | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Angelo Gerardi
entry number: 25
25th February 2012
Coppa dei Castelli Pavesi
| Rivanazzano - Pavia | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Giuseppe Rizzo
entry number: 48
17th May 2012 - 20th May 2012
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Corrado Minussi
co-driver: Giuseppe Rizzo
entry number: 114


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