I was looking for emblems today and came across a classic US car. In the 1910's, Fiat's biggest, most powerful, autos were being built in the US.
Import duties on cars are nothing new. The US put a 45% charge on imported cars in 1902. Fiats were built in Poughkeepsie NY from 1910 until WWI forced them to close in 1918. They imported the smaller Fiats, but built the Type (Tipo) 52 thru 56 here in the states. These were designed for the US market by Americans. They were top-end cars selling between $4 and $6K.
This is an article on the 1913 Type 56 https://www.hemmings.com/stories/art...3-fiat-type-56
and one of the articles on the plant, which remained standing until the 1990's. https://www.hemmings.com/stories/200...e-fiat-factory
Conceptcarz shows several of the models, including the sporty type 55. https://www.conceptcarz.com/z29592/fiat-type-55.aspx
One owner claims his 1914 model can exceed 70 MPH.
Some additional pictures of a type 55 are here. https://dragoneclassic.com/the-9-lit...wood-roadster/