This new book traces the history of the FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) company from foundation in 1899, when a group of well-to-do young men decided to found one of the first Italian motorcar manufacturers in Turin, having watched imported French cars putter around and realising their country had no equivalent industry. One of the founders, Giovanni Agnelli, addressed a meeting of fellow-founders on 11th July 1899 thus: “We cannot waste any time. You should have seen what I saw the other day on my trip to Nice. Hannibal is at the gates. In France, even the public sector is starting to use the motorcar.”
This is volume one of two, a historical survey of 100 years of Fiat cars and covers a fifty years period which witnessed the birth of the Fiat business and the creation of many innovatively-engineered popular cars and trucks as well as aircraft which saw action during the two wars. Competition successes were legion during the period.
All this through many excellent images of those years.