Highlights

  • One of the first low-frame series
  • Only two owners from new
  • Correct serial numbers and original honeycomb radiator
  • Original number plates and accompanied by historical documentation

The Attractions

Introduced in 1932, and named after a young man from Genoa who sparked a riot by throwing a rock at an Austrian officer, the 508 Balilla was a key player in the pre-war car market in Italy, offering some of the characteristics of high-class cars in a compact, economical and practical car designed for a wider public.

It was hugely successful and became a true emblem of European mass motoring, being celebrated in popular songs and cartoons, among other things - although, it must be admitted, the very similar Fiat 509 was often depicted in its place.

This particular example, registered in September 1932, belongs to the first series with three-speed gearbox and low chassis, which makes it particularly interesting for enthusiasts and collectors.

Sold to its second and last owner after two years, it was subsequently placed under impoundment - and was kept in storage for around 30 years. It was later made operational again but never used, preserving its originality. We were told that the car probably belonged to a military barber, because of the items found inside - including a military badge, razors and goggles.

The car has some interesting features that suggest it could be a Sport Lusso variant, such as 16-inch spoke wheels, an Italian Cozette carburettor and traffic light indicators. In addition, this car is equipped with original number plates and a chronological extract of its history, testifying to its past.

History and Documentation

  • Registered in September 1932
  • First owner for 2 years
  • Stayed with the second owner for over 30 years, later it was impounded and kept in storage
  • In the 1960s the car was released and made operational again but never used
  • Has original number plates and historical documentation
  • Not overhauled, it will require a new overhaul before returning to the road
  • Odometer currently shows 22,799km
  • Considering the car's history, the indicated mileage may be correct

Condition

  • The paintwork shows some flaws and small rust spots but no punctures
  • The bodywork is very solid and shows no signs of significant deterioration
  • Still fitted with the original honeycomb radiator
  • 16-inch spoke wheels
  • Rear turn signals
  • Starter pedal and sun visor supplied
  • Interior in fair condition. Seats, panels and fabric headlining could benefit from professional cleaning
  • Upholstery is worn and has some stains
  • Inside we notice traces of corrosion, worn paintwork and a broken dial glass
  • We note the classic St Christopher ornament on display

The Mechanics

  • Four-cylinder engine of 995cm³
  • Three-speed manual gearbox
  • Braking system requires attention
  • No water or oil leaks
  • Mechanics in good shape and fully operational
  • Suitable for short trips


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1932
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 508 Balilla
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 22,799 Kilometres
  • Engine size 955
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Ragusa
  • Country Italy
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