1950 Fiat Ermini Siluro 1100
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It's important to point out that the name Fiat-Ermini depends of the new CSAI regulations requiring to register all cars, in this way prohibiting to call them with his own name, unless dealing a costly test on mechanical parts that composed the car. This was the reason because until 1951 all cars realized in the Ermini workshop were registered with the name of Fiat-Ermini, using the name of the famous Turin manufacturer who indirectly gave some mechanical parts. All the engines built by Ermini, including the model with the Fiat 1100 engine block, have a double overhead camshaft (DOHC). There have never been Erminis or "motorizzate" Ermini with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC). In 1950 Ermini, encouraged by good results and the economic income, commissioned to Gilco in Milan a lowered tubular chassis with an oval section to make its cars more competitive. In 1950 CSAI new rules imposed the use of 80 octane petrol, thus undermining the competition of Cisitalia-Abarth and the Fiat-Stanguellini, which until the previous year had used special alcohol mixture to enhance their engines and now couldn't compete to the power of Fiat-Ermini engine. The results will come soon. By the end of the year, six engines were sold and in 1951 three cars were built, equipped by tubular Gilco chassis torpedo shape. Two of these were bodied by Motto Torino and the other was bodied by the Mariani workshop in Pistoia.
Chassis 008850 (number ex officio) is one of two Siluro bodied by Motto in 1950 and the 7h car built by Ermini. It was owned from 1950 to 1951 by the driver Elio Checcacci and from 1951 until 1964 by Angelo Lo Monaco. It debuted at 1950 Targa Florio - Giro di Sicilia with the crew Checcacci - Pugi (48th OA and 16th in class). In 1950 both Ermini Siluro bodied by Motto ran the Mille Miglia. This is the car with number 552 and the team Ugo Puma - Robert Delpech (DNF). Lo Monaco driven this Fiat Ermini in several Targa Florio, Giro di Sicilia and other races in Sicily.