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I took this photo during an exibition of old cars in piazza Duomo the main square of Milan.

This is a Fiat 508 "Balilla".

The introduction of the Balilla in 1932 (shown first to Mussolini on April 8th during the Milan Motorshow) created a sensation and new speed industry. Named after a Fascist youth organization, the Balilla, or 508, was a straightforward yet charming small car, with a side valve, front engine of 995 cc, which initially produced 20 hp with a three speed transmission. It was a Ford Model A in miniature, simple, easy to work on and easy to modify.

The first series ran until 1934, by which time 41,395 cars had been produced. It was facelifeted in 1934 and adopted a four speed gearbox, reulting in the second series, of which 71,700 were built until 1937. 1932 also saw the introduction of the 518 Ardita 1750, later increased to 2000, and the 527 Ardita 2500

On treklens a B&W version more amazing in my opinion

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