The last incarnation of the Fiat 500 was the R model. It had the same 594 cc engine of the Fiat 126, however, the power rating is the same as the L but at lower rpm (4000 instead of 4400) and with a bit more torque. The floor-pan was from either the ‘L’, or later, the new 126. It was also more comfortable, but more simply trimmed and equipped than before — the fuel gauge was omitted and only the low fuel indicator remained. The 500 R was also a stop-gap for Fiat prior to the launch of the Fiat 126. It was sold alongside the Fiat 126 for another two years before Fiat retired the 500.
This charming example has been owned by a long term and serious Italian car collector for a number of years, during which much restoration work was undertaken. The car shows a mere 24,000 kilometres from new, which is believed to be correct.
This delightful little car has been stored for the last few years and is now ready to be recommissioned and enjoyed to the full over the summer period.