1970 Fiat 500L

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  • Fresh from one year comprehensive restoration 
  • Low mileage, one owner car 
  • Extensive history file back to 1970 
  • Beautifully presented and factory correct 

The Appeal 

While other parts of Italy’s burgeoning post-war car industry were busy creating some of the most evocative sports cars of modern times, over at Fiat something equally astonishing was underway. The original 500 was a marvel of packaging, a practical yet stylish city car perfectly tailored for Italy’s growing motoring class.  
The Lusso was – marginally – more luxurious, its drizzles of chrome and updated interior differentiating it from lowlier models. 
This freshly restored 500L retains all its factory trimmings and is in superb condition. A three owner car – it was with the same family until 2022 – it presents the buyer with a great opportunity to acquire a standard, highly original low mileage 500 in virtually showroom condition. 

The History and Paperwork 

  • Acquired by the first owner from a Fiat dealership in Trapani on 2nd September 1970 
  • Passed from the first owner to his son on 1st July 2011 
  • Acquired by the vendor on 7th October 2022 
  • Immediately sent to a local restoration specialist for refurbishment 
  • This was undertaken over a year and only recently completed
  • ASI certified which also confirms the specification and registration details 
  • Registration documentation dating back to 1970s 
  • Factory handbooks and documentation with annual inspection stamps 
  • Factory tool kit and box 
  • 2 key sets with Fiat 500 keyring 
  • Invoices for spare parts relating to restoration and prior repairs 
  • Restoration documented in photographs 
This 500L was first registered in September 1970 in Trapani before passing to the buyer’s son on 1st July 2011.  It was acquired by the seller on 7th October 2022. The vendor advises that the displayed mileage is likely correct because the son barely used the car and stated that his father covered few miles. 
On acquisition the car was found to be rust-free, but the vendor decided to commission a full restoration focussing on retaining as much originality as possible.  The car’s condition meant that no metal needed to be replaced, the car instead merely requiring refurbishment.  This work included a respray, mechanical overhaul and interior retrim. 

The Condition 

  • Freshly restored and displaying factory correct Lusso trim items throughout 
  • These include chrome nudge bars, chrome rain gutter mouldings and updated dashboard 
  • Superb factory-correct ivory paintwork with no visible marks or issues 
  • Immaculate interior looks showroom-fresh and is factory correct 
  • Attractive protective over mats in matching colour scheme 
  • We are told that all electrics work and have been checked prior to completion 
  • Excellent chromework a mix of original and refurbished and well kept 
  • New steel rims and hub caps with new tyres 
  • Sunroof vinyl cover and sunroof trim replaced during restoration 
Exterior and interior renovation: 
  • New wheel rims and four new tyres fitted 
  • New paint inside and out in correct Ivory (code 234) using quality Lechler paint 
  • Retrimmed with Ochre imitation leather to factory specification 
  • Front and rear interior panels replaced using same trim 
  • New folding sunroof and frame 
  • New knee roll 
  • All rubber and seals replaced including boot, engine cover and windows 
  • Electrics checked and any fuses and bulbs replaced as required 

The Mechanics 

  • 499cc air cooled Fiat engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • Low mileage vehicle verified by owner 
  • Mechanicals overhauled during restoration as required and detailed above 
  • We are told there are no oil leaks and it runs perfectly 

Mechanical restoration work included: 
  • Alternator belt replaced 
  • Carburettors cleaned and new gasket kit fitted 
  • Spark plugs and wiring replaced 
  • Oil and air filter replaced 
  • Oil changed 
  • Front and rear brake shoes, hoses and cylinders replaced 
  • Master brake cylinder replaced 
  • Front suspension overhauled including new brass bushes and nuts kit 
  • Four new shock absorbers 
  • Engine mounts replaced 
  • Tappet cover seals and gaskets and tappets adjusted 
  • Gearbox covers and supports and linkage tie rod renewed 
  • Oil seal on gearbox side replaced 

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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 

✓ 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. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1970
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 500L
  • Colour Beige
  • Odometer 56,743 Kilometres
  • Engine size 499
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cianciana
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • Ri•••• €8,100 22/11/23
  • md•••• €8,000 22/11/23
  • Ri•••• €7,900 22/11/23
  • fa•••• €7,800 22/11/23
  • Ba•••• €7,700 22/11/23
  • fa•••• €7,600 22/11/23
  • Ba•••• €7,500 21/11/23
  • ma•••• €7,000 20/11/23
  • Dy•••• €6,500 19/11/23
  • md•••• €6,250 18/11/23
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