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FIAT 508S BALILLA

2-seater sports, 4-seater sports, berlinetta aerodynamica.

Delightful little car with 36bhp ohv engine (cast iron head), higher gearing than its British rivals, and rear tank/mechanical pump. Centre-lock wire wheels, four-speed synchro 'box and usual brakes. 72mph and 35mpg though Italian bodies with cycle wings lighter than the British-made two- and four-seaters. Coupés lovely but not imported. Most survivors will have alloy-head 1100 engines, alas. Only 50 brought in, 1934-35.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
995cc (S4 OHV) 
Configuration:
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1934 to 1937  
Number produced:
1200 approx