1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET

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Lot 89
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET

Sold for US$ 28,600 inc. premium
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET

Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 437124

1,481cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber Carburetor
83bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes

*Elegant Pininfarina design
*Striking medium grey over red livery
*Practical and usable Fiat Cabriolet
*Affordable slice of "La Dolce Vita"



THE FIAT 1500

Based on the new 80hp engine (83hp from 1966), the FIAT 1500 Cabriolet was a conventional sports car with its engine laid out longitudinally, driving the rear wheels with disc brakes on the front axle. The standard Fiat 1500 was a mid-market saloon car, but the Coupe and Cabriolet variants were treated to elegant Pininfarina-designed coachwork. The fully-trimmed cabin featured roll up windows, courtesy lights, finely detailed instrumentation, adjustable bucket seats, a locking steering column, clock, cigarette lighter and gave the little FIAT a distinct upmarket feel.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Built near the end of the model run, this beautiful example of the Pininfarina-designed 1500 Cabriolet has spent much time in California, and has survived remarkably well when so many others succumbed to rust in harsher climates. This 1966 model features the upgraded 83hp engine mated to a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission, which is good for 100mph performance. It is presented in beautiful condition inside and out, in a gorgeous color scheme of medium gray over red leather with a striking red convertible top, a scheme ideally suited for the crisp Pininfarina styling. The exterior is very well detailed with headlamp stone guards, good chrome and stainless trim, proper polished wheel covers on correct steel wheels and correct Pirelli rubber.

In the luxurious cabin, the interior is in fine condition, wonderfully restored and well-balanced against excellent original instruments, switchgear, and a wood-rimmed Nardi wheel. Under the hood lies the 1500cc overhead valve engine. Breathing through a Weber carburetor and with a sports exhaust, it takes on a mild sporting edge and delivers very respectable performance. The engine bay is tidy and very well-presented, with some original surfaces still intact and displaying a charming, no-fuss feel.

It is meticulously detailed and surely one of the most handsome examples of its kind available today.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct chassis number as it appears on the car and title is 118K045014.
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1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
1966 FIAT 1500 CABRIOLET
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