FIAT

Name: FIAT

Year Built: 1906

Chassis: FIAT

Engine: MILAC

For several years before WWI, FIAT annually shipped two or three of its Grand Prix cars over to the United States from its factory in Turin, Italy, to participate in the American Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup road racing classics. Typically, they were sold to American sportsmen, who would continue to field them in road racing events at first, but before long the cars would likely end up on dirt tracks and even on “barnstorming” tours at county fairs. This particular FIAT is believed to have been driven initially by the great Ralph de Palma in road racing events before being used for dirt track racing by four-time Indianapolis 500-starting driver Louis Disbrow and as a “barnstorming” vehicle for the colorful showman, Barney Oldfield.

Adoption cost: $1,000

Adoption benefits:

* One-year Racing Ambassador membership

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party