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1939 Fiat 508 C Nuova Balilla 1100


  • Enrolled in the Mille Miglia Storica
  • Registered with the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) with 'Targa Oro' status
  • Overhaul valid until April 2025
  • Received complete bodywork restoration in 2012 and extensive mechanical restoration in 2013
  • Has participated in numerous regularity races

The Attractions

While Fiat's Nuova 500 is often cited as the car that introduced the masses to four-wheeled transport in pre-war Italy, the same could have been said of the 508 Balilla, the result of a similar design to the contemporary German 'Volkswagen'. In 1937, the 'Nuova Balilla' was launched, boasting aerodynamic styling and a completely new 1,089 cc overhead-valve engine. Some 57,000 examples were made during its three-year production period, including this one from 1938.

This example has ASI 'Targa Oro' homologation, making it a particularly attractive proposition for enthusiasts and collectors. In addition, we have been informed that it is also eligible for the Mille Miglia and has proved its worth in several regularity races since it was thoroughly restored around ten years ago. The seller tells us that this Fiat has covered just 5,000 kilometres since the engine rebuild and has just undergone extensive maintenance, making it ready to go.

History and Documentation

  • Overhauled in April 2023 (valid until April 2025)
  • ASI "Targa Oro" homologated
  • Bodywork restoration carried out in 2012
  • Mechanical restoration carried out in 2013
  • We have been informed that it has covered only 5,000 kilometres since the engine was rebuilt
  • It has recently received extensive maintenance, including an engine, gearbox and differential oil change
  • Has participated in numerous regularity races
  • Overhaul valid until April 2025
  • Left-hand drive

The seller informs us that the car has participated in the following events:
  • Coppa Borzacchini 2012 and 2014
  • Coppa due Laghi 2012
  • La Corsa di Alcide 2012
  • Trofeo Pieve 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Giro di Sicilia 2015
  • Giro Automobilistico dell'Umbria 2012, 2013 and 2015 (1st in its class)


  • The bodywork was restored in 2012 and the car has been used very rarely since then
  • Very attractive black paintwork with no visible imperfections
  • The bodywork is very correct and the seller shows that the doors are well aligned
  • The chrome looks very good, with no signs of deterioration
  • Interior has been carefully restored to period specifications
  • Beautiful upholstery with no obvious signs of wear
  • The headlining and rubber floor mats are in good condition, as is the door trim
  • The dashboard is in good condition
  • Discreetly concealed in the glove compartment are an aftermarket water temperature monitor and Tripmaster timing device

The Mechanics

  • Four-cylinder OHV engine of 1,089 cc
  • 32 hp at 4,400 rpm when new
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • The seller proves that the engine runs smoothly, maintaining a regular idle speed
The following work was carried out in 2013 (approx. 5,000 kilometres ago):
  • Cylinder grinding and block grinding
  • CPS convex pistons and oversized valves were installed
  • Camshaft reprofiling
  • An oversized oil sump was installed
  • Sintoflon anti-friction treatment was applied
  • New radiator
  • New fuel pump
  • A 32 carburettor was installed (like the MM version)
  • Long wheelbase differential 10/43 and new clutch
  • Drive shaft modification with universal joint (UJ)
  • Crankshaft rectified and new bushings and connecting rods replaced

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1939
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 508 Balilla
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 8,584 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1089
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Foligno
  • Location International
  • Country Italy

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