1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla

1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla

1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla

The Sport Spider 508 S was created by Carrozzeria Ghia from the Fiat Balilla chassis. It was made available to wealthy clientele for Italian events including the Mille Miglia.

The Balilla was available in two versions: The standard version had fully enclosed fenders while the “Coppa d’Oro” used smaller cycle fenders and a lighter chassis. Sometimes these later cars are refereed to as Type MM. The engine was also uprated to 43 bhp over the standard standard 36 bhp.

1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla 1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Racing Car
built at Italy
curb weight 636 kg / 1400 lbs

Auction Sales History


1935 Fiat Balilla Sport Spider 508 S Coppa d’Oro Corsa sold for $121,000. This example is one of these rare Coppa d’Oro models, and with its period Siata-modified engine, an even more significant example. Delivering 43 hp, in contrast with the standard 36 hp, and an unladen weight of only 1,377 lbs., it is a delight to drive – quick, agile and responsive.

This sporty Fiat has been the subject of an exacting cosmetic and mechanical restoration that has been recognized at concours and proven on rallies. The restorative work was carried out in Brescia, Italy and, at the completion of the three-year project, was listed with the Registro Fiat Italiano which granted the car its coveted Gold Plate Certificato di Omologazione. Among the laurels it has claimed in the US are Best in Class at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance and Best of Marque at Concorso Italiano in 2006. Auction Source: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company