Arrival Of Fiat Trucks Bombay, Old Postcard 1915
An old 1915 photo postcard shows a lineup of Italian Fiat Trucks that arrived in Bombay, now Mumbai. These trucks were supplied to the British Indian government in 1915. And will undergo rigorous testing by the required departments before their induction. It was supplied either for the use of the military, ambulance service, transportation, or civilian use. The Fiat trucks were used in the North Western Frontier Province in WW1.
The British Indian army found the Fiat trucks very sturdy and reliable. FIAT is an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. It came into existence in 1900 and manufactured 24 cars in its first year of inception. By 1910 Fiat became one of the largest automobile manufacturers and exporters. Their military vehicles’ soundness of design was much appreciated. It was not only used by the Italian army, but also by the Russian army, British Indian army, and so on in WW1. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- it was proven reliable and sturdy in 1912 when a convoy of 23 Fiat trucks made the first motor vehicle crossing of the Sahara, travelling three thousand kilometers without any mechanical problems.