As Italy’s population took to the road again after the Second World War, there was a growing demand for practical yet affordable transport. The Fiat 600 was already a bestseller by 1956, when the Multipla was first launched, but the new model soon found a loyal following of its own.
Designed to fulfil the needs of larger families and commercial users, the 600 Multipla was created by the engineering genius Dante Giacosa. Giacosa’s design was truly a feat of engineering packaging. By advancing the passenger compartment over the front wheels and moving the engine to the rear, he created one of the first successful monospace cars and was able to extract six seats from a car that was only 11 feet and 6.9 inches long!
First produced on the 27th of March 1956 as can be seen by its FIAT Certificate of Origin that can be found in the cars history file, this Multipla 600 is a wonderful example of one of the rarer 1st series examples. The car underwent a ‘labour of love’ restoration overseen by its private owner over many years and was completed in 2016, and now a year later it is offered for sale.