Highlights

  • Exceedingly original and superbly preserved
  • Just 22,375 kilometres indicated and believed correct based on the car’s remarkable history
  • One former registered keeper in Italy prior to import

The Appeal

After establishing itself as an enormously successful manufacturer of very small cars, Italian auto giant Fiat set about developing a new platform upon which they could introduce a wider range of body styles. Based loosely around the 600, the Fiat 850 was offered in Sedan, Coupé, Spider and even Familiare (van) form. 
The 850 Coupé in particular was an exceedingly pretty car, and we’re delighted to bring to market this stunning 1965 example. The vendor acquired it from a dealer who imported the car from its first registered keeper in Italy. It’s exceedingly original throughout, even down to the paintwork, and we’re informed that it has never required welding. There are just 22,375 kilometres indicated on the odometer, and since the car has spent most of its life tucked away in an Italian garage, this would appear to be an accurate figure.
These little 850s are becoming challenging to find, especially in the UK where the condition of this example is almost unique. For collectors of Italian automobiles, this surely represents an unmissable opportunity.

The History and Paperwork

  • The first owner in Italy was a Second World War fighter pilot who reportedly damaged his eyesight in a WWII dogfight - in later years this resulted in his eyesight deteriorating to the extent he could no longer drive the car four years after buying it
  • The Fiat sat in its garage after the original keeper died in 1974, until it was imported to the UK by a dealer
  • The vendor acquired the car from the dealer, making them the second registered keeper
  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing
  • UK road registered and V5C present
  • The car underwent extensive recommissioning work while in Italy prior to import for which a list is visible in the photo gallery
  • Several invoices for parts and servicing present along with various Italian registration documents



The Condition

  • Fabulous colour combination: grey over red
  • The bodywork appears immensely straight and solid
  • We’re informed that the paintwork is original
  • There are a few age-commensurate blemishes, paint chips and a small dent on the leading edge of the front valance
  • The chrome appears in very good order considering its age
  • The car’s underside looks to be in fabulous order
  • The steel wheels present well, as do the Fiat-branded hubcaps and Vredestein tyres
  • Impeccble original interior
  • Barely any wear apparent to the upholstery and controls, commensurate with the low mileage
  • The ribbed rubber floor matting presents impeccably throughout
  • The dashboard does not appear cracked
  • No obvious splits to the seats and door cards
  • The instruments and switchgear present well


The Mechanics 

  • 843 cc four-cylinder petrol engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Extensive mechanical recommissioning carried out prior to import
  • Beautifully presented engine compartment
  • The vendor informs us that the engine starts readily and appears to run well
  • The Fiat reportedly drives very well indeed with no apparent faults



BEFORE YOU BUY 
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The seller is registered as a private seller which means consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not come into effect. However, you are still covered by Car & Classic’s own Terms and Conditions.. 
We request that a non-refundable fee  be paid if you are the lucky winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted Please refer to our helpful FAQs and T&Cs for specific rates. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
We want a smooth transaction just as much as you do and as such we run all UK-registered cars and motorbikes for sale on Car & Classic through an online HPI check to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing, allowing you to bid with confidence. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 850 Coupe
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 22,375 Kilometres
  • Engine size 843
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
1 bid
  • PJLBokk•••• £5,000 13/06/24
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