If you’re lucky enough to have a racing car or two, you need a stylish transporter to take them to races. Forget the ultra-luxurious articulated lorries most F1 teams use – check out this 1956 Fiat Bartoletti Tipo 642 instead! It’s arguably more interesting and more practical than modern transporters, seeing as you can fit two cars on the top deck and another below.
But it’s not just an appealing thing – it’s got bucket loads of history too. The Fiat was initially used as a transporter for Maserati, and then for Shelby Cobras and the Alan Mann Racing team. It was most used in what’s considered the golden age of motorsport – the 1950s and 60s – and so has transported iconic cars such as Ford GT40s and Maserati 250Fs.
This particular truck also has another claim to fame. If you’ve seen the Le Mans movie, starring Bullitt’s Steve McQueen, you’ll have probably spotted this Fiat too. It played a starring role in the film, decked out in a number of different racing liveries including the Scuderia Ferrari design.
It’s enjoyed one heck of a history, then, and carries a price tag that reflects that. Valued at a cool £500,000, it’s going up for sale at the Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival on Saturday 8th September.
We’re considering starting a whip-round.