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Fiat's history begins way back in the 1899, however, car production stopped altogether with the beginning of World War I.

The 501 was the first entirely new model to be produced after the global conflict ended.

The torpedo served as a base-model for Fiat and the later lineup comprising the Fiat 502, 507, 509 and 520. At that time, it was exactly what people needed: an affordable and fuel-efficient small family car.

In 1919, all European nations were going through a difficult period and industries were facing enormous difficulties in providing a stable production level, compatible with their potential.
In this context, Ford attempted to invade the markets of Europe and Fiat was the first to react with the 501 model. Next came Citroen with the 10 hp type A. The Fiat 501 had a 1460 cc displacement producing 24 hp.

The successful, robust and efficient model was available in a large number of versions.
In 1921, Fiat introduced two new models, the 501 S (sport) and 501 SS (spider sport) – with the same cubic capacity, developing 27 hp, and 30 hp, respectively. All versions had a 4-speed manual transmission. Around 70,000 units were produced and for that time it represented a huge volume. In 1923 Fiat produced a new version of the 501, named the 501C for the armies of the King of Italy.

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FIAT 501 1919 - 1926
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.5L 4MT (23 HP)

FIAT 501 1.5L 4MT (23 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 4MT (23 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1460 cm3
Power
16.9 KW @ 2600 RPM
23 HP @ 2600 RPM
23 BHP @ 2600 RPM
Torque
47 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
63 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
44 mph (71 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
760 X 90
DIMENSIONS
Length
151.6 in (3851 mm)
Width
58.3 in (1481 mm)
Height
71.7 in (1821 mm)
Front/rear Track
49.2/49.2 in (1,250/1,250 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3042 lbs (1380 kg)
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