The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner (June 26-29). The gathering of car enthusiasts is one of the best finest auto exhibitions in the world, which means we get to report on all sorts of fun news.
Today, we get to share news that will thrill auto historians. The Festival of Speed will feature an incredibly rare Fiat S76 (only two were ever built), which was dubbed the ‘fastest car in the world’ back in 1911 when it was recorded at doing over 135 mph. This S76 has been painstakingly rebuilt, and it will hit the track for the first time in over 100 years.
One of the two vehicles was dismantled by Fiat after WW1, while the other was purchased by Russian aristocrat Boris Soukhanov before making its way to Australia.
Owner Duncan Pittaway will drive the S76 at Goodwood. He has spent over a decade rebuilding the rare racer. All of the original S76 components that have survived have been restored, from the chassis and engine down to the suspension, axles, pedals and steering box. The gearbox, radiator and bodywork were created using the original Fiat drawings.
Expect some an amazing piece of history to come to life next month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.