The Fiat 60 HP was first produced by Italian manufacturer Fiat in 1903, competing in races such as the Paris – Madrid of 1903, (driven by Vincenzo Lancia and Luigi Storero) the Circuit Des Ardennes, along with other races and hill climbs.
The 60 HP was the first car to feature Fiat's all new pressed steel chassis. ‘At the top of the range was Turin’s answer to the Mercedes Sixty, a 10.6 litre four cylinder monster’ Motoring historian Michael Sedgwick referring to the Fiat 60 HP in his book FIAT.
Many of these cars went off to rich export markets, including the USA. They were popular among wealthy socialites of the time. Featuring a honeycomb radiator (under licence by Mercedes) these cars were at the forefront of technology – many period articles praised its advanced oiling system.
Designed to a high standard in every detail, it was welcomed by American coachbuilders such as Quimby and Demarest. To facilitate their work, this car was offered with 2 different wheelbases, normal and long. It was originally equipped with a 4-cylinder engine block 60 h.p which was later replaced with a bi-tri-6-cylinder engine block 50/60 h.p and was manufactured at the plant in Corso Dante.