1940 Fiat 2800 Berlinetta

Graber Sportgarage AG

Fiat 2800 Berlinetta – one of only three examples bodied by Carrozzeria Touring! Offered from two decades of single ownership!

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Expensive when new, especially with custom coachwork, it would not be surprising to learn that some wound up with Italy’s Partito Nazionale Fascista. While no details have been confirmed, the story of chassis no. 000561 is not without drama. It is said to have been part of the convoy of vehicles used by Benitio Mussolini, Claretta Petacci, her brother Marcel and his family to escape Italy in April of 1945. Documents on file allude to this, yet none are conclusive.

Following WWII, the Fiat was smuggled into Switzerland and later sold to an Italian family residing in Martigny. It would reside with them for 50 years. During their ownership, the car was restored in its present black and red colour scheme, and has been seldom used since. The restoration presents very well, especially when considering its age. Purchased by its current owner 20 years ago, its second Swiss owner since the war, the car has mostly remained in storage since and would be a thrilling acquisition for someone looking to delve deeper into its history.

One of the last Fiats designed before the outbreak of WWII, a grand total of 624 2800s were built. Of these, 210 were built for military use and 414 for private individuals. Only three were bodied by Touring, making this example amongst the most desirable of those in existence.

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With over thirty years of experience in classic motorsport, race preparation, trackside support, restoration, engine and drive train rebuilds Graber Sportgarage caters for a select clientele of classic sports car owners from around the globe. The origins of "Carrosserie Graber" date back to 1925 when Hermann Graber started as an independent coachbuilder in Wichtrach near Berne. In 1929 a Panhard-Levassor bodied by Graber won first place at the St. Moritz concours d`elegace, wich gave Graber well deserved and valuable publicity. In the 1930`s Graber became world famous for beautiful convertible & coupés designs and creations as well as for his perfect craftmanship. Until his passing in 1970 Hermann Graber had designed and built over 800 bodies on chassis ranging from Alvis, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Lagonda, Packard, Rolls-Royce to Rover and others. With Hermann Graber`s demise the coachbuilding activity was discontinued, but the mechanical workshop and body shop were carried on by his widow until 1980. From 1980 to 1996 the Graber company was one of a few hand-picked official Ferrari dealers in Switzerland. Futhermore the company was very active in the field of complete restorations of Italian and German sports cars. In 2001 Graber Sportgarage merged with "Oldtimer Reparatur AG" the workshop of Markus Scharnhorst and moved all activities to a bigger and more suitable location in Toffen, near Berne. The main workshop, the showroom as well the head offices are still located in Toffen until today. In 2014 the company opened a second showroom located in the shopping area in Lyssach near Burgdorf in order to get greater exposure of its classic cars it has on sale. In April 2019 the company is happy to have expanded into second, more modern workshop complete with offices and showroom in nearby Münsingen. The new branch will service and repair some of our customer`s classic race cars but will mainly focus on services, repairs and sales of Ferraris of the more recent eras.