If someone were to tell us they drive a vintage Fiat, our mind would immediately go to an original 500 or 124 Spider. However Fiat is one of the oldest automakers of all time, so their ‘vintage’ car could be over 110 years old.
In a new YouTube series on Edwardian cars, Goodwood Road & Racing caught up with the owner of a 1905 Fiat Isotta. The car is actually rather new, having been finished rather recently, but is based on plans for a land speed record car Fiat dreamt up in the early 1900s.
Powering the 17-foot long machine is a 16.5-liter Isotta-Fraschini straight six airplane engine that produces about 250 horsepower and up to 3,000 lb-ft of torque. It sends that huge lump of energy to the skinny rear tires through a rather terrifying exposed chain-drive system, which is mounted behind the rear wheels.
Watch this irreplaceable 1905 land speed record car in action in the video above.