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10th Octobert 2021
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FIAT in Motorsport – Since 1899


An in-depth look at Fiat’s historical and prestigious involvement in all forms of motorsport. The achievements of the cars and drivers are described in detail, along with many original photographs, sourced from the official Fiat archives.

In the early days, before the First World War, Fiat was a major contender in Grand Prix racing, and employed many of the leading drivers of the era. Although it withdrew from Grand Prix racing in 1927, Fiat cars were still to be seen participating in high-profile races, such as the Mille Miglia. In these events most Fiat models were sports editions of the highly successful ’Balilla’ range. In 1952 the introduction of the sensational 8V coupé resulted in many racing successes in private owners’ hands, while the late 1950s saw the introduction of ‘Formula Junior’ class of racing and Fiat-engined cars were very successful in the early years.

In the 1970s, Abarth, then owned by Fiat, successfully ran the rally team, which resulted in three World Championships. Speed record attempts over the years are also detailed in this fascinating history of Fiat’s sporting achievements.

FIAT in Motorsport by Anthony Bagnall

ISBN: 9781787111851
UPC: 6-36847-01185-7


£35.00(UK), $50.00(US), 65.00(CAN)

  • A fascinating insight into Fiat’s early motor racing exploits
  • Profiles of famous drivers from the early days: Nazzaro, Lancia, and Bordino
  • The astonishing pace of development that took place before the First World War
  • Profile of the ‘Beast of Turin’ – the 28-litre Fiat S76
  • The other giant Fiat, the 21.7-litre SB4 ‘Mephistopheles’
  • The 1920s Fiat Grand Prix cars and their results
  • The highly successful Fiat 508 Balilla and its derivatives
  • The development of the innovative 1952 8-V model (the ‘Otto Vu’)
  • Fiat’s involvement in Formula Junior racing
  • The rallying record of the 131 resulting in three world championships


Tony Bagnall qualified as an accountant after leaving school, and spent 18 years in local government before joining the NHS. He then held several posts as Director of Finance, culminating as Director of Finance to Mersey Regional Health Authority. When Regional Health Authorities were abolished in 1996, he established a management consultancy practice that he ran for the next 12 years before retiring.

Tony has previously written books covering motor racing at Aintree and the Alfa Romeo 2000 and 2600, and has also had articles published in club magazines.

Since 2015 Tony has been a member of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain (SAHB).

Place of birth: Pontefract, Yorkshire • Hometown: Wirral • Nearest city: Chester

V5185 • Hardback • 25x25cm • 160 pages • 195 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787111-85-1 • UPC: 6-36847-01185-7
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