1907 FIAT Pebble Beach Campaign
A very special member of the Larz Anderson Collection has been invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to be part of a assemblage of important and historic cars manucfactured by the automaker FIAT. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum needs the help of our readers, friends and car clubs around the world to fund the long journey to Carmel, California.
The Italian car company has been chosen as one of the featured marques this year and the Larz Anderson FIAT will be one of the center pieces that will be shared with car enthusiasts, collectors and spectators at this important event.
The Larz Anderson 1907 FIAT Tipo 50/60 is a very large six-cylinder of 674 cubic inches (11+liters) and is one of 116 built between 1907-1908. It is a very large car with custom Quinby coach work (the hood is four feet long) and it features double-chain-drive on a 139″ wheel base. It is believed to be the only surviving example.
Like many museums, we rely on donations from the public to carry out our mission. We hope this will be only the first round of fund raising to help form a preservation fund that can be used to take care of the needs of our core “Larz Anderson Collection” of rare and early vehicles. These masterpieces were first shared with the public when the Anderson’s opened their carriage house to tours of its “ancient vehicles” in 1927.
To kick off the preservation fund, The Old Motor has transported the car to its workshop in Brattleboro, VT from Brookline, MA, and will also take it to the shipper that will haul it to Pebble Beach. They are also going to prepare it for the long journey and take care of the many other details that need to be attended to on the car before it departs.
The tires on this car are from the period and badly age cracked and quite fragile. They are in the process of taking off and saving the old tires and will be installing new fresh clincher tires (beaded edge), flaps and tubes for the journey. This is being undertaken out of concern for the well being of the car while in transit, as an enclosed transport trailer can get quite hot inside and we are concerned about tire blowouts and failure.
We are asking for your help, for whatever amount you feel you can donate to help the Larz Anderson Auto Museum prepare for the FIAT ‘s for the journey to Pebble Beach and back. Please remember that every gift counts!
Very special thanks and appreciation to Mr. David Greenlees from The Old Motor for all his help funding, promoting and preparing the 1907 Fiat for it’s 7,000 mile journey to California and back to its home in Brookline, MA.