It Lives! Watch the 28.5-liter Fiat S76 Drive for the First Time in 100 Years
In today’s world of high-powered supercars, 135 mph is not considered particularly fast. But in 1911, it might as well have been light speed. Few cars of the day could touch that vaunted figure, but this – the 1911 Fiat S76 – was one of them. Only two of the behemoths were ever manufactured, with this the sole survivor. After a painstaking 10-year restoration process conducted by UK owner Duncan Pittaway, the sole S76 is drivable once again… after no less than 100 years out of action. Take a look at the video below to see why this 28.5-liter Fiat earned itself the nickname "Beast of Turin." RELATED: See more photos of the incredible Fiat S76 'Beast of Turin'
VIDEO: Watch the Fiat S76 fire up for the first time in 100 years
The beast’s engine was fired up for the first time last December, since 1913, and just last month the Fiat was taken for its inaugural test run following the restoration. Befitting such a special vehicle, the test occurred at the iconic Goodwood Hillclimb course and featured the estate’s owner, Lord March, riding shotgun in the car.
Of the two S76 cars built by Fiat in 1911, one was disassembled following the first World War and the other was sold off, eventually making its way to Australia. In 2003, Pittaway brought the Australian chassis back to the UK, and in spectacular fashion has reunited it with the surviving 28.5-liter four-cylinder engine from its disassembled sister car.
If you’re looking to see (and hear) the Beast of Turin belch its fiery 300 horsepower, it will return to the UK estate in June for the 2015 Festival of Speed, and take on the hill climb once again.
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