The 500 always was a basic car, in fact it was so tinder-powered when launched in 1957 that even Italians gave it the cold shoulder. In comparison to rival countries’ offerings, such as the 2CV and the Mini that appeared just two years later, the 500 was out of date almost from the start. Most small cars could offer similar economy and just as much interior space while having that useful extra refinement for long journeys, but none of those rivals were quite as small as the Fiat. It was the ultimate town car, and its tiny dimensions and cheeky good looks soon won an enormous following among minimalist motorists around the world.
Production of the original 500 lasted from 1957 until 1975 and the car we have here is from 1972 making it one of the later cars to be produced. It is an original right-hand drive car that was originally supplied to an ex-pat living in Monaco. It benefits from an upgraded 650 engine and gearbox and is showing a mileage of 50,000 miles. Finished in dark blue with contrasting red interior, only two owners from new and in the custody of the current owner for the last 18 years, this is a lovely example of an iconic Italian town car.
Accompanying this wonderful little car is a Graziella 300 caravan. The Graziella was developed as an especially light weight caravan that even a little Fiat 500 could pull along. Sadly sales were not a huge success and the company that produced this lovely little caravan went out of business after only producing a few hundred of them, making this perfect camping companion rather rare and highly sought after. Finished in two-tone dark blue and white to match the Fiat 500, it completes a very cute picture of car and caravan that is at odds with any contemporary caravanning scene. The perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors in style.