The Fiat 501S was manufactured between 1919 and 1926. It was also the first model built by Fiat after the War. More than 47,000 of these cars were built. The call was seen as a small family car and it was available as a four-door sedan or as a cabriolet. It had four-speed manual engine and came just after the Fiat Zero.
A lot of these cars were exported, mainly to Australia. The car was considered very good value due to its larger size. This fits with performance and head of 14 hp engine. Its top speed was 45 mph. It only had rear wheel brakes, as all wheel brakes only came into effect after 1924.
Lucy, the name she came with when I bought her off the widow of a good friend, is a great fun car and won Best in Show at Baston in 201 7.
Currently (2019) off the road having a major engine re-build ready for her centenary in June 2020. Sadly the planned party did not happen, and the engine in still in bits at the beginning of 2021. Hope to have her back on the road in May.