The Fiat 508 Balilla, introduced in 1932, was a significant milestone for Fiat as it aimed to revolutionize mass motorization. It offered reliability, affordability, and user-friendliness. Equipped with a 20 hp side-valve straight-four engine and a three-speed gearbox, it delivered consistent performance for its time, reaching a top speed of 80 km/h.
With its sturdy circum-braced chassis and hydraulic drum brakes, the Balilla could be found in various body styles, from sporty two-seater spiders to versatile commercial vehicles. By the end of its production in 1937, approximately 40,000 Balilla models had been manufactured, establishing its own success story.