This car raced for a time beginning 1953 with a Fiat 1100S engine fitted and sometimes a hardtop was used to make it into a "coupe". Its VIN number was based for many years on the Fiat 1100S engine N. 500160. This car was also known for a time by an incorrect chassis number that was seemingly based on a set of documents from another car that were handy when the car was offered for sale at one point. Thankfully, that confusion was cleared up years ago.
- Red Livery
- Crossley Powered
- Year Model 1953
- Bertone Bodywork
But our current knowledge tells us that it was first owned and raced by Robert T. Keller- Wilmington, DE, USA and/or Paul Farago – MI, USA with a 1100cc Fiat engine as they also owned and raced a Fiat 1100S, perhaps the source of the engine 500160).
The car had a few special features, such as a hardtop & two fuel fillers.
Then after 1953, the car disappeared from the scene. When the car reappeared in the 1980’s, it was described as follows: Spider, "no number to be found", small brakes Paperwork gives N. 500160 as vehicle I.D. number. Then it disappeared again from the scene for a short time and a rather confused picture emerged, probably because of some assumptions made because of overlapping ownership history due to some paperwork that accompanied the car in the 1990’s. The Paperwork supplied by the auction company apparently stated that the chassis number was ST*430*BC but the official documents referred only to 500160. Some non-siata stamping of the chasis number was found, was clearly was not original.
But then, after extensive research, the current owner, found ST*404*BC welded into driver's side rear fender well. Concurring details of this car (the most telling detail is evidence of the former existence of a second fuel filler) clearly identifies this car ST*404*BC, the former Robert T. Keller car. This car was the only one known to have had this feature, probably because it was fitted with an extra fuel tank for Sebring. - John de Boer
In its current history, the car participated in a lot of historical events such as the Mille Miglia, or the Altmühltal Classic Sprint...
|Owner||Name and location||Timeline and details|
||Robert T. Keller - Paul Fargo (MI)||Circa 1953
Paperwork gives N. 500160 as vehicle I.D. number. (Probably because of a Fiat 1100S engine that was fitted)
||Charles “Chuck” Betz / Fred E. Peters(CA)||N/A
fitted with FIAT 124 pushrod engine
||Ron Cameron (CA)||N/A
The car then disappeared from the scene for a short time and a rather confused picture emerged, probably because of some assumptions made because of overlapping ownership history due to some paperwork that accompanied the car in the 1990’s.
||Truck & Equipment Leasing Corp. (NJ)||N/A|
||Thoroughbred Cars, Inc. (AZ)||N/A
Crosley Engine fitted
||Herbert C. Pell (AZ)||N/A|
||Raymond Milo (CA)||N/A|
||Uwe Wiessmath (D)||Current|
|6h of Mac Dill
Februrary 21, 1953
|Keller / Farago||100||20th|
|12h of Sebring
Sebring, March 8th 1953
|Farago / Torco||27||21th|
|SCCA Nationals Bridgehampton
May 23rd 1953
|SCCA National Lockbourne
August 9th 1953
|Floyd Bennett Cup
August 29th 1953
|SCCA National Mac Dill
January 31 1954
May 2nd 1954
|SCCA Regional Cumberland
May 16th 1954
|SCCA National Westover
June 13th 1954
September 18 1954
|Auction at Kruse||Scottsdale 1994||Unknown|
Racing Liveries1953 Race at Lockbourne
Photo Credits by: Stanford Revs Library | K. Ludvigsen | Cliff Reuter | John and Jarl de Boer | Tony Adriaensens CorsaResearch | Joel Driskill | Mark Bean | Used with permission of various owner archives | Various undocumented web sources.
Other Credits: The Italian car Registry | Etceterini.com | Bonhams | RM Sothebys