1905 Fiat rolls into Museum of Transportation

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Options on cars these days are countless, but the car that just rolled into the Museum of Transportation is loaded with one thing...history.

"This car is a 1905 Fiat. It was originally purchased by August Busch Sr. at the suggestion of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany," said Coby Ellison, Curator of Collections at the museum.

It was one of only 20 built, the only one left in existence and most of what you see is original.

"The tires and the wheels are not original, but everything else is original," Ellison said.

It's the original paint job, original leather, original brass, on a car that in 1905 cost around $17,000.

"Which would have been the equivalent to about a half a million dollars in today's currency," Ellison said.

It's also most likely the first foreign car in the St. Louis area.

"The top speed for this car is recognized at 80 miles per hour, which again at that time would have been unheard of," Ellison said.

It is a piece of St. Louis history on wheels, a car that shines without all those fancy options.


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