Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000

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Lot 349
1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus
Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000

Sold for £ 11,270 (US$ 14,048) inc. premium
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Left-hand drive
1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus
Chassis no. 0192643
Engine no. 131.000

Footnotes

  • FIAT'S first commercial vehicle arrived in 1903, only a few years after the company had been established in Turin. Production of that first model, a 24hp truck, was on a small scale but from 1906 its 18/24hp successor was made in large numbers. The military's requirements during World War One necessitated a significant increase in the output of vehicles of all types, with FIAT commercials being supplied to the armies of most of the European Allies. Before then, FIAT had introduced its first light commercial with a proper van body, the Tipo 1F, which was based on the Tipo 1 passenger car chassis. Ideal for local deliveries, it was favoured by the UK's General Post Office, forerunner of Royal Mail. FIAT's light vans continued to be based on passenger cars, the most successful of the immediately post-WW2 era being the 1100 ALR, derived from the 1100 saloon.

    Successor to the FIAT 1100T, the 238 was introduced in 1967 and produced in various versions - van, truck, chassis cab, minibus and ambulance - with engines of either 1,197cc or 1,438cc. Top speed was around 105km/h (65mph). The 238's mechanical underpinnings were sourced from the Autobianchi Primula, which is notable as the FIAT Group's first passenger car to feature front-wheel drive and a transverse engine. Produced in collaboration with Citroën, a Tipo 242 van arrived in 1974 boasting a larger petrol engine and a diesel option. However, such was the 238's popularity that it was made available with 242's larger engine and kept in production until 1983, being replaced by the first of the Ducato series.

    An example of the rare and desirable nine-seat minibus variant, this FIAT 238 is finished in grey/blue with blue/beige interior and is described as in very good condition both inside and out. We are advised that the vehicle was used as transport by the nuns of an Italian convent before finding a new home in an exclusive Italian private collection in recent years. An interesting alternative to the more common Volkswagen Type 2, this charming FIAT minibus is offered with Italian libretto and Certificato di Proprieta.
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Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
Left-hand drive,1978 FIAT 238 1st Series Minibus  Chassis no. 0192643 Engine no. 131.000
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