Closer look: 1913 SCAT takes FIVA Preservation Award

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1913 SCAT wins Preservation Award from FIVA at Villa d'Este | FIVA photos

A 1913 SCAT 25/35 HP owned by respected Italian car collector Corrado Lopresto was accorded the FIVA Preservation Award at the recent Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como. The award is presented at major events by the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Ancien to “a car that truly demonstrates what preservation is all about.”

“While almost all contenders in the Concorso were in immaculate condition, the 1913 SCAT 25/35 HP owned by Corrado Lopresto shone out as exceptional,” FIVA senior vice president Mario Theissen, was quoted in the organization’s news release. 

Antique, but still running

“A car more than 100 years old, in remarkably original shape and fully running, this is a perfect statement of what FIVA stands for,” he added.

The Societa Ceirano Automobili Torino was founded in 1906 and produced vehicles until 1932. Its cars won the Targa Florio in 1911 and 1912 and again in 1914. 

SCAT was founded by Giovanni Battista Ceirano, one of four brothers involved in the early Italian auto industry. The Cierano brothers were sons of a watchmaker.

Giovanni Battista apprenticed with his father, and then began building bicycles called Welleyes. Why the British name for his two-wheelers? Because the British name enhanced sales. 

His brother, Matteo, joined him to begin producing Welleyes-branded motorcars in 1899. They sold that company to Giovanni Agnelli, who used their work as the technical basis to launch his Fiat brand.

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Giovanni Battista worked for Agnelli for one year but then founded companies that produced the Rapid and later SCAT vehicles. Meanwhile, Matteo would found Italia and then SPA. 

It was Giovanni Battista’s brother, Ernesto, who drove a SCAT to victory in the Targa Florio in 1911 and again in 1914. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. THE "SCAT" would be the perfect car for Herman Munster, and family. First thought I had when
    seeing the photos. Talk about a "made for TV" vehicle. I should look so good and still be "running"
    at 100. Thanks for showing it.

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