Films: The Fiat 514 Is Pure Pre-War Satisfaction

The Fiat 514 Is Pure Pre-War Satisfaction

Vintage cars require serious but rewarding commitment. The pre-war variety, however, demand a level of commitment bordering on devotion. With parts nearly impossible to find and expertise becoming rarer by each day, living with and driving a pre-war car means intimate involvement in every aspect of your car’s maintenance and upkeep. Roberto Vesco has been collecting, restoring, and driving pre-war cars for more than 35 years, but the satisfaction and joy that he experiences as a result is unparalleled. His story takes place in the beautiful landscape surrounding Lage Iseo, Italy, near the starting point of the Mille Miglia in Brescia. This very special Fiat 514 has been a protagonist of this historic race on multiple occasions and has even placed first.

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Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
3 years 2 months ago

I have one of these (a tourer not a coppa d’alpi”) I love it and drive it most weekends in the spring/summer/early autumn. I took my daughter to school in mine this morning. They are such reliable cars with a good deal of torque and not a bad top speed (55mph).
I lust after that SIATA overhead valve conversion though !!

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem
3 years 2 months ago

Great stuff, it is what it is all about. Find your own passion!

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel
3 years 2 months ago
I have to admit that when I saw that this video was about a “Pre-War” car I thought that this video would be about some old rattle trap thing and that Petrolicious had finally produced a dud. This video went on to show what an ignorant car person I really am. The car is a work of art. Mr. Vesco that owns it is among the truest of car guys I have ever seen. Thank you Petrolicious for taking me to school and helping me to learn more about the car hobby than I ever thought I would know. What… Read more »
Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years 2 months ago

I wasn’t that much into pre-war cars either, but being at the Mille Miglia really changed that. Seeing those ’30s Alfas, BMW 328s, Jaguars, Ferraris, and others being driven hard in the rain was quite an impressive sight!

Thanks for the compliments, by the way! I’m glad we exposed you to another side of vintage cars that you might have otherwise ignored. Meeting Mr. Vesco was very inspiration and educational for us too.

orgigeorgie
orgigeorgie
3 years 2 months ago

amazing. What a cool dude 🙂

Steve Jain
Steve Jain
3 years 2 months ago

I so want a Mille Miglia eligible car and particularly a Pre War car!

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 2 months ago

Love it!
Love old machinery.
This guy is great!
Looks like fun to work on.
Thanks for sharing.

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