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A monumental and important bronze of the Number 2 Fiat car features the immortal Felice Nazzaro driving, who won the grueling Targa Florio race of 1907. It was the second time that he had entered the race and also the second time the event was held. The Targa Florio was established in 1906 by Vincenzo Florio, the son of a wealthy Sicilian family. The race covered a 277-mile course and although only a three lap race of 92 miles per lap, it was a wonder at the time that anyone ever completed it. Not only was the terrain rough and unpaved, but there were no safety barriers to protect one from toppling over the edge of some very high points on the course. This bronze measures 36-1/2" x 17" and was sculpted and cast by an unidentified foundry.