Photos by Sveva Consonni Folcieri.
Over the weekend, the Fattoria dei Barbi played host to a Fiat 1400 and Fiat 1900 car show.
The October 2-4 event was organized by the Automotoclub Ruote Antiche, which is based in the town of Poggibonsi in Siena province.
The Fiat 1400 and the Fiat 1900 were built and sold during the 1950s in Italy during the period of reconstruction following the war when few families had the means to own and maintain a car.
According to the Wikipedia entry, “The 1400 marked Fiat’s first all-new postwar model, its first unibody car, and its first passenger car offered with a diesel engine.”
For those old enough to remember those years, the Fiat 1400 and 1900 evoke powerful nostalgia. And in some ways, they also represent Italy’s rebirth in the years that followed the Second World War.
By the time they were discontinued by Fiat in 1959, Italy’s economic recovery was just beginning to take shape and the “economic miracle” of the 1960s was just around the corner.
When you watch Italian movies from the late 1950s, when Italian directors like Fellini and Antonioni were making films that would become international classics, you can often spot the Fiat 1400 and 1900 (Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” with its many shots of life in Rome along the Via Veneto, immediately comes to mind).