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Lot 602: Fiat 500L

Exceptional Motorcars And Automobilia, Bonhams & Butterfields (13 August 2010)

Replacement for FIAT's much-loved 500 'Topolino', the Nuova 500 debuted in 1957. This wildly successful design was one of the greatest triumphs for FIAT design genius Dante Giacosa. 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. This air-cooled, overhead-valve twin - the first such motor used by FIAT  was driven through a four-speed gearbox.

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.

Apart from a Ferrari, no car is more recognizable as classically Italian than the FIAT 500. It is the car the defined Italy during the iconic 'Dolce Vita' period; today the diminutive 500 is on the receiving end of smiles and massive amounts of attention at every street corner.

This left-hand drive 1971 FIAT 500L was recently acquired out of a Dutch collection and subsequently imported to the United States. We are advised by the vendor that a full restoration of this FIAT was completed in Holland three years ago. As an around-town runabout, vineyard tender, or ideal Monterey party-crasher, this 500 offers an opportunity for a huge amount of enjoyment at relatively little cost. Sold on a California Title.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motorcars And Automobilia
Bonhams & Butterfields, Quail Lodge, CA
TypeCar
Lot Number602
Estimate$15000-$20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$12000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$14040
Year1971
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number110F6048401
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2