1953 Fiat Topolino Giardiniera

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Highlights

  • One of only around ten Fiat Giardiniera reportedly registered in Switzerland
  • Fully restored between 1990 and 1995 using original factory parts
  • Registered as a 'Veteran Car' by the Swiss Imatriculation Department
  • All restoration invoices available for review
  • Maintained to excellent original specification
  • Stored in a garage throughout its life

The Appeal

The Fiat Topolino, a small and economical car, was a symbol of Italy's post-war recovery. Its compact design and simple mechanicals made it a favourite among city dwellers and those seeking an affordable yet stylish mode of transport. 
This 1986 Giardiniera not only carries this historical significance but also boasts a comprehensive history. During the 1990s, a full restoration was carried out to original factory specifications, using genuine Fiat parts from the period. The Topolino remains in fantastic overall condition and the vendor assures us that it drives very well. Now registered as a 'Veteran Car' by the Swiss Imatriculation Department, this Topolino is a testament to the enduring appeal of classic Italian design and engineering.

History and Paperwork

  • Two previous owners in Italy before being bought by the current owner in Switzerland on 10 October 1953
  • Vehicle safety inspection passed - last checked by the Swiss Imatriculation Department in Zurich in 2020, next due in 2028
  • Good service history with a large selection of invoices available
  • Registered as a 'Veteran Car' by the Swiss Imatriculation Department in February 1996
  • All invoices from the restoration are also available

The Condition

  • The car was in good condition at the time of purchase in 1986, with some corrosion due to salt air exposure
  • Restored between 1990 and 1995 to a high standard using original factory parts to ensure authenticity
  • Period original colour scheme and very smart paintwork with no notable imperfections
  • Straight bodywork, with good panel alignment
  • Smartly presented underneath
  • The interior is reportedly very original and in fantastic order, without much wear at all
  • The car has been stored in a garage throughout its life, which has aided its preservation enormously

The Mechanics

  • 569 cc inline-four
  • Four-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox
  • Mechanically rebuilt during the aforementioned restoration
  • Maintained to a high standard since its restoration
  • The vendor informs us that it continues to drive well, with no issues to report
  • Used very sparingly during recent years
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Auction Details
  • Year 1953
  • Make Fiat
  • Model Topolino
  • Colour Beige
  • Mileage 36,326 Kilometres
  • Engine size 569
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Zürich
  • Country Switzerland
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