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Lot 194 - 1961 Fiat 500 D Trasformable

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ESTIMATE £10,000 - £12,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 194
Reg. Number Italian Registered
Chassis Number 110 D 221799
Year 1961
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Description

A 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, a full-length 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, the first such used by Fiat, and the gearbox a four-speeder. The basic 500’s austerity was not well received, prompting the introduction of a revised and better equipped version endowed with refinements such as wind-down windows, upholstered rear seat, column-mounted switchgear stalks, and hub caps for the wheels.

Introduced in 1960, the 500 D used the 499.5cc engine of the 500 Sport in de-tuned form, but nevertheless brought with it a small gain in horsepower.

This is a rare 500 D transformable, which of course means that it has a folding top and that the roof can be fully retracted, transforming it into an elegant cabriolet. Offered here is an original car – a rare thing in today’s market for Fiat 500s.

This delightful Fiat has benefitted from an engine rebuild, and has covered 48,000 kilometres from new according to the owner. A fantastic opportunity to enjoy open top motoring at a realistic price in a very stylish car.

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