1969 FIAT 500F Saloon  Chassis no. OMO 3890

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Lot 414
1969 FIAT 500F Saloon
Chassis no. OMO 3890

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 15,130) inc. premium
1969 FIAT 500F Saloon
Chassis no. OMO 3890

Footnotes

  • Apart from a Ferrari, no car is more recognisable as classically Italian than the FIAT 500. 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 austerity of the basic 500 - it was known as the 'Economica' - was not well received, prompting the swift introduction of a revised and better equipped model, which first appeared towards the end of 1957 at the Turin Show. Refinements incorporated in this less Spartan version included wind-down windows, an upholstered rear seat, column-mounted switch-gear stalks and hubcaps. Introduced in 1960, the successor 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 In 1965 it was superseded by the 500F, the latter's altered bodywork incorporating front-hinged doors and a shortened sunroof, while mechanical improvements included a strengthened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.

    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 only a few years ago was voted 'Sexiest Car' by the readers of Top Gear magazine.

    Always kept in a dehumidified garage as part of a private collection, this left-hand drive, Italian registered FIAT 500F has been totally restored by Italian specialists to correct original specification, including a full engine rebuild with new crankcases. We are advised by the vendor that it has had only two owners and has covered a genuine 320 kilometres from new. The body is totally original, likewise the instruments, while the interior has been refurbished using period-correct materials. Offered with current MoT certificate, the car has covered zero miles since the engine rebuild's completion and is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, ready to use. An original FIAT wicker picnic hamper is included in the sale. Economic fun on four wheels, the Nuova 500 is well supported for spares by the Club and recognised specialists.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct recorded mileage is 426 KM. Please note this vehicle does not come with an MoT as catalogued.
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1969 FIAT 500F Saloon  Chassis no. OMO 3890
1969 FIAT 500F Saloon  Chassis no. OMO 3890
1969 FIAT 500F Saloon  Chassis no. OMO 3890
1969 FIAT 500F Saloon  Chassis no. OMO 3890
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