A 1939 Fiat Torpedo will be going up for auction by International Auction House (COYS). This roadster was part of the fleet of the King of Italy during the early part of World War II and was used to shuttle Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco during their time in Rome. After the end of the Second World War, the luxury Fiat model became the official transport for the first prime ministers of Italy, Einaudi and De Nicola while it remained in the fleet of the Quirinale palace until 1963.
Introduced in 1938 and aimed at the elite, the car was delivered to the Italian Royal Court in 1939 for the personal use of the Prince of Piemonte and Countess Calvi di Bergolo. From August 1940, it became the official car of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy. The London-based auction house expects the historically important Fiat Torpedo that has been featured at the prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in recent years to fetch more than US$377, 000.