With its small, rear-engine 850 model doing well in the marketplace, for 1968 Fiat introduced an improved version, designated 850 Special. The 850, which had been new for 1964, featured an 843 cc water-cooled four at the rear, and a four-speed transaxle, fully-synchronized with Porsche synchros. It developed 34 bhp, 37 in a high-performance version. Seating was comfortable and a top speed of 75 mph was comparable with some 1,100 cc cars like the Morris Minor or Ford Anglia. At the 1965 Geneva motor show a fastback coupe was introduced, a 2+2 with 47 bhp engine. A sporty spider was also available, designed and built by Bertone.
Offered from the estate of a significant private collector of many cars, motorcycles and military vehicles, this very cute Fiat 850 has covered a mere 4974 kilometres, and would certainly make an fun proposition for the next owner. Finished in dark grey with a well preserved red interior, this little 850 must be seen to be appreciated.