The first of the classic road races was the Targa Florio, which began in 1906 and continued until 1976. The first course was three laps of 92-around the Madonie Mountains. Fiat's entry in 1907 was led by Vincenzo Lancia and Felice Nazzaro. At the end of the first lap, Lancia was in the lead, but ultimately it was Nazzaro in the 60 hp who won the second Targa Florio. That same year he also won the French Grand Prix and the German Kaiserpreis in the same Fiat.
Literally a 'barn find' and discovered with a touring body, this Fiat is one of five racers Fiat built for the 1907 Targa Florio. After years of research, it was determined that this was the actual car raced by Vincenzo Lancia in the brutal three-lap, eight-hour, 277.42 mile Targa on the 92.473-mile Circuito Grande around northern Sicily on April 22, 1907. The car finished second, just over eleven minutes behind its Fiat team stablemate driven by Felice Nazzaro. Due to the robustness of the Corsa's chassis, Fiat chose it as the foundation for its first generation of commercial buses and light trucks.
Vincenzo Lancia founded the Lancia & C, the Lancia marque, in 1906 and 63 years later Lancia became part of the Fiat Group.
This Fiat has been restored to the specification raced by the great drivers of 1907.