Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957 it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 3 metres long, and originally powered by a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term “small car” and it is considered to be one of the first ‘city cars’. The ‘L’ or Lusso penultimate model, like the car offered here today, was produced between 1968 and 1972. It featured a much modernised interior including a renewed dashboard which brought the Fiat 500 up to date. Greater comfort and style were provided in this new model for a new generation.
We are informed by the vendor who purchased this car from Silverstone Auctions on the 27th of July 2014 that this beautifully restored little Fiat 500 is a genuine UK RHD matching numbers car. He was unable to resist the quality of this car proudly exhibited as Silverstone’s Show Car at the entrance of the auction. With only three owners from new (it is reported the first two owners were in the same family) this car has been the subject of much care and attention over the years and it shows. Restored in 2009 by a local garage in Dorchester who had known the car from virtually new the attention to detail is absolutely superb.
Finished in Baby Blue with contrasting Tan interior, this charming little 500 is full of charisma . The paintwork is reported to be in superb order throughout and is complimented by excellent chrome work all round. The vendor was keen to keep the restoration as close to original as possible, thus both engine and gearbox are the original items that have had sympathetic maintenance over the years to keep them in superb fettle.
We are informed by the vendor that there is a good history file, along with previous MOTs going back to 1994 and as such the mileage of just under 31000 is warranted. This charming little car is ready to be driven and enjoyed. A delight to drive these little cars are climbing in value with some in the UK market at £40K, catch one whilst you still can. This particular example is possibly one of the best in existence. The registration of the vehicle onto eNatis is underway and can be completed by the vendor at no additional cost.