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There was a time before World War 1 when the world was caught up in the wonders of the automobile and the internal combustion engine. Before the dogs of war were released upon Europe an auto builder in Italy built something great. Fiat built the S76.
In the early days of land speed records all sorts of propulsion modes were being tried, from electric to steam. During this time the solution for building a high horsepower motor was to increase the displacement. They choose to build an internal combustion motor that was over 28 liters, it is the largest car motor ever built. After Wold War 1 internal combustion engine technology started to modernize into what powers us around today. Just for a reference most cars today have a displacement ranging from 1.8 to 7.0 liters that cover everything from econo-boxes to big trucks. This 28-liter beast made around 290 horsepower and only two were ever built. Well one of them has been rebuilt and brought back to life.
I really enjoy cars but there is something about old cars that makes them special, especially when you get in to pre-WW1 cars. When you look at an old car that was not built on an assembly line they have a story to tell. Every curve of the body was formed by the hand of a craftsman, the sound of an engine that was put together piece by piece by a person that loved their job. It is something that is missing from most of today’s automobiles, and to get it now it costs a whole lot of money. The Fiat S76 comes from a time long gone in automotive history a time of innovation and craftsmanship, a time when a car that was standing still demanded a presences. And looked like speed when it was standing still. By the way this car was originally built in 1911 so it is over one hundred years old and in 1912 on a beach in Long Island it went 180 miles per hour. This was the last of the great Edwardian cars before the Great War and in the video above it turns over for the first time in 100 years. On a side note I would not want to crank this thing over, you could end up with the shattered arms if it were to kick back. The sound of the motor gives me goose bumps. What is that old saying? “There is no replacement for displacement.” Yup, that’s it. I also included a video clip from 1913 of one of the Fiat’s runs.