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  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck
  • 1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck

1939 Fiat 626N Cargo Truck

Lot No. 120

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $ 8,000

Manufacturer: Fiat - Spa, Torino, Italy
Production Year: 1939
Engine: Fiat 326 ohv, 5.8-liter, 65-hp, water-cooled, six-cylinder, diesel
Transmission: Five-speed: five forward, one reverse
Brakes: Hydraulic with air-servo
Length: 20-feet, 8-inches
Width: 7-feet, 3-inches
Height: 9-feet (to top of cargo area bonnet)
Weight: Approximately 4-tons
Armor: None
Armament: None on this example - Could be fitted with an 8-mm Breda Model 37 machine gun
Maximum speed: Approximately 40-mph
Maximum Payload: 3-tons
Markings: Italian Army, Transportation and Supply Unit

The Fiat 626 is an example of a typical medium weight class truck deployed by the Italian Army during World War II. To prepare for upcoming military campaigns, Mussolini ordered a great rearmament program to begin in 1932. The Autocarro Unificato, was a proposed standardized truck to be made by all the major Italian truck manufacturers. The concept was similar to the German Einheits and Schell Programs but was never able to reach a high degree of standardization. Specifications were created for medium and heavy class trucks that included payload and vehicle weight guidelines, as well as engine type (gasoline or diesel), internal and external dimensions, turning radius, ground clearance and road speed. In actuality, the Italian military purchased primarily existing civilian models, such as the displayed Fiat 626N, and others that conformed closely to the specifications. The German Army attempted to continue production of the Fiat 626N after the occupation of 1943 but was hindered by a reluctant work force. Fiat workers went to great lengths to disrupt production and consequently, few were produced after 1943. The Fiat 626N was manufactured in cargo, personnel, box-van and Coloniale (desert) versions.


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