It is widely believed that the Fiat 500 was Fiat’s first rear-engined post-war people’s car, but it was, in fact, predated by the 600 or Seicento. Produced from 1955 to 1969, it measured only 321cm in length but could still accommodate four people and their luggage. It was such a success in post-war Italy that some 2.6 million were built at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant. The 600’s popularity was not, however, confined to Italy alone, as a wide range of countries, from Russia to Argentina, built the car under licence. Power came from a water-cooled four cylinder motor which was able to propel the little Fiat to 59mph with the 633cc engine or even to 68mph with the later 767cc variant.
A year after the 600’s debut, the Multipla was introduced; based on the same mechanical components but with the front suspension from the bigger Fiat 1100, it was nothing less than the first people carrier, and could seat six despite being only 50cm longer than the Austin Mini! Not surprisingly it was widely used as a taxi in its native Italy.
This very special Multipla was in ownership at a Fiat-Abarth dealer who used it for dealer marketing comunication. Its engine has been updated with the Abarth kit available at the time, consisting of special exhaust, Abarth dashboard, increased oil sump, special cammes, and a Dell’Orto carburator. In the 2000s it was fitted also with 124 Abarth wheels.
This car has been recently restored in the body, interior, and mechanically it is in wonderful condition. It now runs like brand new, and photographs documenting the car’s restoration can be found in the car’s file.
Dieser ganz besondere Multipla war im Besitz eines Fiat-Abarth-Händlers, sein Motor wurde in dieser Zeit aufgewartet, ebenfalls ein spezieller Auspuff, Armaturenbrett, verstärkter Ölwanne und Dell’Orto Vergaser. In den 2000er Jahren wurde es auch mit 124er Abarth-Reifen ausgestattet.
Das Auto ist kürzlich an Karosserie, Interieur und Mechanik restauriert worden, und ist in einem sehr guten Zustand und läuft wieder wie neu. Foto´s die die Restaurierung dokumentieren finden sich in der Auto-Akte.