Fiat 1500 (1935)

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Fiat 1500
Fiat 1500 B, 1938.JPG
Fiat 1500 B, 1938
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1935–1950
Body and chassis
Body style sedan
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine straight-6 1493 cc
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat 514
Successor Fiat 1400
The 1949 1500E model featured the simplified frontal treatment first featured on the 1940 1500C model.
This article is about the 1930s-50s models - there were also entirely different Fiat 1500s manufactured from 1961 to 1967.

The Fiat 1500 was a car produced by the Fiat from 1935 to 1950. The car was introduced in Salone dell'Automobile di Milan in 1935. It was one of the first cars tested in a wind tunnel, following the Chrysler Airflow produced one year earlier. The styling was by the emerging designer, Giacosa,[1] who achieved an aerodynamic efficiency unequalled before it in a touring car,[2] and (contrary to the failure of the "lumpen" Airflow)[3] disproved the thesis aerodynamic cars would not sell.[4]

The second series 1500B, with better brakes, was introduced in 1939, and in 1940, the 1500C, with a redesigned front end.

In 1949, the 1500E appeared, having some exterior changes and the external spare wheel moved inside the car.

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Setright, L. J. K. "FIAT: The Godfather of the Italian Motor Industry" in Northey, Tom, editor. World of Automobiles (London: Orbis Publishing Ltd, 1974), Volume 6, p.660.
  2. ^ Setright, p.660.
  3. ^ Haywood, Paul. "Streamlining: Engineers' Reality, Stylists' Myth" in Northey, Tom, editor. World of Automobiles (London: Orbis Publishing Ltd, 1974), Volume 19, p.2215.
  4. ^ Haywood, p.2215.

References[edit]

  • Haywood, Paul. "Streamlining: Engineers' Reality, Stylists' Myth" in Northey, Tom, editor. World of Automobiles, Volume 19, pp. 2214–7. London: Orbis Publishing Ltd, 1974.
  • Setright, L. J. K. "FIAT: The Godfather of the Italian Motor Industry" in Northey, Tom, editor. World of Automobiles, Volume 6, pp. 652–63. London: Orbis Publishing Ltd, 1974.