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Lot 508: Fiat 500 Saloon

Collectors Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia, Bonhams (12 September 2009)

Replacement for FIAT's much-loved 500 'Topolino', the Nuova 500 debuted in 1957. A radical departure from its predecessor's essentially pre-war design, FIAT's new baby featured unitary construction, an opening fabric roof and all-independent suspension while carrying its engine at the rear. The 479cc power unit was an air-cooled overhead-valve twin and the gearbox a four-speeder. The basic 500's austerity was not well received, prompting the introduction of a revised and better equipped version endowed with refinements such as wind-down windows, upholstered rear seat, column-mounted switchgear stalks and hubcaps. Introduced in 1960, the 500D used the 499.5cc engine of the 500 Sport in de-tuned form. In 1965 it was superseded by the 500F, the latter's altered bodywork incorporating front-hinged doors and a shortened sunroof, while mechanical improvements included a strengthened transmission. Maximum power increased to 22bhp and the top speed to within a whisker of 60mph. Introduced in 1968 alongside the standard 500F, the deluxe 500L, while mechanically identical, came with exterior cosmetic enhancements and an improved interior featuring new instrument panel, seats and floor covering. An immense success for FIAT, almost 3,000,000 of these adorable little cars had been sold when production ceased in 1975. The 500 remains as popular today as it ever was, and recently was voted 'Sexiest Car' by the readers of Top Gear magazine. A very good original example that has benefited from the installation of a 600cc engine and up-rated brakes and wheels in recent years, this FIAT 500 has been well used by the vendor as is described as 'on the button'. A re-spray was carried out circa 2001, the colour scheme changing from red to yellow, and the car is presented in generally very good order. Offered with offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
Lot Number508
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3450
Condition rating0
Registration numberWHK 785F
Chassis number1378627
Engine number1474548
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2