1938 Fiat 1100 (508C)75,000 USD - Asking Price

1938 Fiat 1100 / 508C Berlinetta Speciale by Geburth

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1938 Fiat 1100 / 508C Berlinetta Speciale
by Geburth

One-off coachbuilt Italian special
One-of-a-kind Historic Rally Competitor

For sale by www.motorcarcompany.com in San Diego, California. Motor Car Company specializes in collection management, sales and brokerage of Collector Automobiles.


Chassis No: 225838
Engine No: 1731332
Engine: 55 bhp, 1,089 cc Fiat four-cylinder
Transmission: Dual-ratio manual transmission



About This Car:
55 bhp, 1,089 cc Fiat four-cylinder, dual-ratio manual transmission with eight forward and two reverse speeds, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 95.3 in.

Fiat's 508C, or Balilla 1100, produced from 1937 to 1938, was such an extremely successful model that a few still remain on the road some 75 years later. Many found themselves reborn after World War II as “Competition Specials,” shedding their pedestrian factory bodywork in favor of more dramatic panels. The car offered here is one such machine, with a unique and interesting story unlike any other.

Assembled early in 1938 as a standard four-door sedan, this 508C was sold new in Austria and survived the war in good condition. Incredibly, the original owner's manual, all of its original post-war registration, and ownership records also survived, along with numerous period photographs, sales brochures, and other documents and records; all of which still accompany the car.

The car was acquired on April 23, 1955, by respected manufacturer Dr. Oskar Göhring, who soon gifted it to his playboy nephew, Rudolfo “Rudi” Wein. As Wein's wife, Renate, recalled later, her husband had a very clear vision of what to do with the Fiat. He would use it as the basis for a special sports car that would be elegant, sleek, and sporting, following the Italian style he had seen from Cisitalia and other automakers.

Göhring's factory, Geburth, handcrafted a new steel body to Wein's design, using taillights from an Opel Kapitan, door handles from a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, seats from a 190SL, and Italian instruments, as well as two removable roof panels, originally of Plexiglas. Tuned and equipped with a side-draft Weber carburetor and full Stanguellini competition modifications, the engine is a Tipo 103-based unit from 1955, with a reduction gearbox activated by an under-dash lever, effectively providing eight forward speeds. A very large, handmade twin external fuel tank provided excellent long-distance cruising and travel.

Rudi Wein enjoyed his creation largely as a boulevard street racer, although it likely took to the track at least once. By the early 1960s, however, the family's company had filed for bankruptcy, and the unique car was sold to a local scrapyard owner. Fortunately, he put it away in his warehouse, where it remained for decades.

In the early 1990s, Winfried Kallinger bought the scrapyard, along with other former Göhring family properties. Having known the family personally, he had the little sports car restored out of sentimentality, with no expense spared, recalling later that, while complete, it was not an easy automobile to restore due to its one-off body.

In 2007, the restored Fiat-Geburth was shown to Renate Wein, widow of its designer, and, as one can imagine, it brought back fond memories of her husband and his boundless creativity and ingenuity. It is offered today in much the same mindset, as a unique Italian special that is very much a tribute to one man's imagination, as well as the plucky attitude of post-war gentleman racers.


Asking Price: $75,000 Or Best Offer
All offers will be considered
Ready for immediate worldwide delivery

Please contact +1(619) 777-3659 for more information

*Ad Disclaimer: All vehicles are sold AS IS – NO WARRANTY; unless there is an existing Factory Warranty that has not expired. Motor Car Company does not sell or offer warranties. The ad copy above is a matter of opinion. Motor Car Company recommends each purchaser to physically inspect the car they are buying in person or hire a third-party inspection company prior to purchase. All contract documentation must be signed and the car paid for in full before the car can be released to the buyer. All photos are copyrighted by © Motor Car Company.

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Overview
Car 1938 Fiat 1100 (508C)
VIN 225838 
Small Series  1 of 1 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Black 
Condition Very Good 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Sunroof, Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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1938 Fiat 1100 / 508C Berlinetta Speciale

by Geburth

 

One-off coachbuilt Italian special

One-of-a-kind Historic Rally Competitor

 

For sale by www.motorcarcompany.com in San Diego, California. Motor Car Company specializes in collection management, sales and brokerage of Collector Automobiles.

 

 

Chassis No: 225838

Engine No: 1731332

Engine: 55 bhp, 1,089 cc Fiat four-cylinder

Transmission: Dual-ratio manual transmission

 

 

 

About This Car:

55 bhp, 1,089 cc Fiat four-cylinder, dual-ratio manual transmission with eight forward and two reverse speeds, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 95.3 in.

 

Fiat's 508C, or Balilla 1100, produced from 1937 to 1938, was such an extremely successful model that a few still remain on the road some 75 years later. Many found themselves reborn after World War II as “Competition Specials,” shedding their pedestrian factory bodywork in favor of more dramatic panels. The car offered here is one such machine, with a unique and interesting story unlike any other.

 

Assembled early in 1938 as a standard four-door sedan, this 508C was sold new in Austria and survived the war in good condition. Incredibly, the original owner's manual, all of its original post-war registration, and ownership records also survived, along with numerous period photographs, sales brochures, and other documents and records; all of which still accompany the car.

 

The car was acquired on April 23, 1955, by respected manufacturer Dr. Oskar Göhring, who soon gifted it to his playboy nephew, Rudolfo “Rudi” Wein. As Wein's wife, Renate, recalled later, her husband had a very clear vision of what to do with the Fiat. He would use it as the basis for a special sports car that would be elegant, sleek, and sporting, following the Italian style he had seen from Cisitalia and other automakers.

 

Göhring's factory, Geburth, handcrafted a new steel body to Wein's design, using taillights from an Opel Kapitan, door handles from a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, seats from a 190SL, and Italian instruments, as well as two removable roof panels, originally of Plexiglas. Tuned and equipped with a side-draft Weber carburetor and full Stanguellini competition modifications, the engine is a Tipo 103-based unit from 1955, with a reduction gearbox activated by an under-dash lever, effectively providing eight forward speeds. A very large, handmade twin external fuel tank provided excellent long-distance cruising and travel.

 

Rudi Wein enjoyed his creation largely as a boulevard street racer, although it likely took to the track at least once. By the early 1960s, however, the family's company had filed for bankruptcy, and the unique car was sold to a local scrapyard owner. Fortunately, he put it away in his warehouse, where it remained for decades.

 

In the early 1990s, Winfried Kallinger bought the scrapyard, along with other former Göhring family properties. Having known the family personally, he had the little sports car restored out of sentimentality, with no expense spared, recalling later that, while complete, it was not an easy automobile to restore due to its one-off body.

 

In 2007, the restored Fiat-Geburth was shown to Renate Wein, widow of its designer, and, as one can imagine, it brought back fond memories of her husband and his boundless creativity and ingenuity. It is offered today in much the same mindset, as a unique Italian special that is very much a tribute to one man's imagination, as well as the plucky attitude of post-war gentleman racers.

 

 

Asking Price: $75,000 Or Best Offer

All offers will be considered

Ready for immediate worldwide delivery

 

Please contact +1(619) 777-3659 for more information

 

*Ad Disclaimer: All vehicles are sold AS IS – NO WARRANTY; unless there is an existing Factory Warranty that has not expired. Motor Car Company does not sell or offer warranties. The ad copy above is a matter of opinion. Motor Car Company recommends each purchaser to physically inspect the car they are buying in person or hire a third-party inspection company prior to purchase. All contract documentation must be signed and the car paid for in full before the car can be released to the buyer. All photos are copyrighted by © Motor Car Company.