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Lot 006: Fiat 500

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

A masterpiece of minimalist motoring, the Dante Giacosa designed 'Nuova' 500 was launched in 1957 to replace the famous and much loved 500 'Topolino'. Making our own Mini look positively bloated, its tiny bulbous body nevertheless had room for two adults and two bambini and gave the 500 huge character. Powered by a miniscule twin-cylinder 499cc air cooled engine with a four speed crash gearbox, the car was an instant success both at home and abroad. It retains a cult following today with famous owners including none other than F1 legend, Michael Schumacher. Fundamentally unaltered throughout its 18-year production life, the 500 was fantastic value for money with all independent suspension, a heater and full length sunroof as standard when many much more expensive cars still listed these as options. A surprisingly spacious estate version was also available called the Giardiniera. Production finally ceased in 1975 to make way for the new and infinitely less characterful Fiat 126. This particular left-hand drive 500 was first registered in Italy in January 1969 but was brought to the UK in September last year by an English gentleman (now deceased) who had apparently owned it from new (although we have not been able to verify this). Originally orange, the car has been resprayed dark blue at some time though this has not been done to a particularly high standard. This very car was featured in a group test in an October 2011 issue of 'Classic Car Buyer' where the writer was amused by its modest performance but said: You can forgive the little Fiat anything: it is so willing  like a puppy wagging its tail  that you can't help but smile. The car is said to drive well and is due to have a fresh MOT before the sale. It comes with a copy of its Italian registration papers plus an English V5C. This cute little car is being offered here entirely without reserve so someone could grab a bargain.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number006
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3300
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration numberDDD 115G
Chassis number110F6006716
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)499
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2