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Lot 265: Fiat 600 Saloon

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

In 1955 FIAT replaced its revolutionary Topolino small saloon, which had been around in one form or another since 1936, introducing the successor '600' model at that year's Geneva Salon. Historically significant as the first rear-engined FIAT, the 600 was a masterpiece of automotive packaging, cramming accommodation for four into the same 2,000mm wheelbase as the outgoing two-seater Topolino, which it undercut on price. The integral chassis/body featured independent suspension all round, while the 633cc water-cooled four-cylinder overhead-valve engine produced 22bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 100km/h. The most significant upgrade to this outstandingly successful design occurred in 1960 with the introduction of the 600D, which featured a 767cc engine, altered gearing and greatly improved performance. Although conceived as basic transport for the masses, the 600 would prove to be extremely capable on the racetrack, where examples modified by Carlo Abarth regularly turned in giant-killing performances, dominating their class and humbling larger-engined rivals. This early FIAT 600 was completely restored in 2005 and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. Mille Miglia eligible, the car is offered with original paperwork and Italian libretto. A total of 34,050 kilometres is currently displayed on the odometer.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number265
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration number
Chassis number100-390924
Engine number1826688
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2