Highlights

  • Long ownership from a private collection 
  • Rare UK supplied RHD model 
  • Blue tartan upholstery 
  • Upgraded to a 700cc Abarth engine 
  • Higher trim Lusso model 
  • Custom Fiat indoor car cover 

The Appeal 

This little Fiat presents in wonderful condition having had a fair amount of love poured into it over its lifetime. This is a UK supplied RHD model as mentioned, being a less common example, the car was also believed to have been red originally but the colour change to dark blue has given the little Fiat a more mature and sophisticated feel. 
Coupled to the exterior refreshes is that upgraded Abarth 700cc engine which sounds fantastic and is reported to go just as well. 
The current seller purchased the car from a dealership who took on the car from a private collection, it then sat in the garage under its indoor car cover and before any real use could be seen out of it the seller sadly passed so the Fiat is being sold as part of their estate. 



The History and Paperwork 

  • MOT history for the following years with invoices and test certificates, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 
  • V5C present 
  • Receipt for a new rear chrome number plate light to replace the current one which has a mark 
  • Fuel pump receipt from 2020 
  • Repeat invoices from ‘Kevin Vernon’ in Market Drayton for various maintenance and parts, believed to be when the car was part of the large collection, most notably for a suspension refresh in 2020 
  • Specification of the Abarth engine via fax from 1999 for a total cost of £2000 
  • Also present is a Haynes manual for the model, a printed parts catalogue and a brochure 
  • The Fiat also comes with a custom indoor car cover 



 The Interior 

  • Wonderful blue Tartan seat upholstery, matched to black carpet and blue Abarth branded mats 
  • Wood trimmed Nardi steering wheel gives the interior a period sporty feel 
  • Classic, simple black dashboard with horizontal speedometer reading 59466 miles 
  • Rear seat bench trimmed in the same Tartan pattern 
  • Front luggage space (frunk) houses fuel tank, Fiat branded tool kit, spare wheel and space for a handbag, everything the about town fashionista would need 
  • Everything reported to be working in this simple but charming interior 
  • Fold back fabric roof is also in great condition and works as intended 



The Exterior 

  • Respray is in good condition, there are a few marks and dings here and there around the body which are detailed in the photo gallery, but overall, the car is in very good visual condition with the dark blue complimenting the chrome highlights and the silver wheels beautifully 
  • Chrome trim with the Lusso chrome bumper overriders is all in good condition with minimal pitting or marks 
  • Wheels are 12” Lesmo style with 135R12 65T ‘Road Champ’ tyres which look to have had minimal miles with plenty of tread 
  • All electrics are believed to be working on the exterior and the trim associated with the lights and windows are again in good condition 
  • Rear number plate cover was believed to be chrome and polished which is why there is a black mark, a new one is supplied with the car 
  • The underside looks to be in good condition also with what looks to be an application of underseal and it’s nice to see jacking points that aren’t crushed also 
  • There looks to be some fluid leaks from around the steering rack area as shown in the photo gallery but there are no reports of any issues with the steering 



The Mechanics 

  • Visually the engine and bay look fantastic, and the car was eager to start once the choke had been adjusted properly and it idled smoothly for the duration 
  • The engine is a 700cc Abarth unit believed to have been built in April 1994 by ‘Middle Barton’ with the following spec – Abarth steel camshaft, 32” Webber, large capacity alloy sump, new bearings, lightened flywheel and uprated clutch, skimmed and ported head with new valves and guides 
  • The seller reports that the car has not done many miles since purchase, but the car drove the short distance from the garage to the photoshoot location with no issues 
  • There was no signs of fluid leaks or exposed wires, damaged pipework, ancillaries etc and as you can see from the photos the engine looked to be in good health visually 
 


Summary 

This is a wonderful little car with buckets of charm, much like the classic minis it shines wherever it goes, garnering admiring glances and fostering nostalgic conversation from lucky passers-by. 
The dark blue paintwork is a great choice we think with a deep shine to really show off the chrome Lusso additions and those great, unusual looking wheels. Add to that the half-length fabric fold back sunroof and this little car amounts to far more than the sum of its parts. The exterior is just half of it though, coupled with that fantastically stylish interior topping of this car’s appeal. 
The popularity of the new Fiat 500 is hardly surprising as they’ve stayed true to the original recipe and if the new cars have even an ounce of charm and appeal as they’re older sibling then that’s set to continue. 
This example has clearly been loved during it’s time and its now ready to get back out on the road with a new owner. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 500
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Odometer 59,466 Miles
  • Engine size 700
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bungay
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
20 bids
  • ar•••• £10,000 18/06/24
  • do•••• £9,850 18/06/24
  • ze•••• £9,750 18/06/24
  • ar•••• £9,500 18/06/24
  • ze•••• £9,250 18/06/24
  • Ly•••• £9,100 18/06/24
  • ze•••• £9,000 18/06/24
  • Ly•••• £8,900 18/06/24
  • ze•••• £8,800 18/06/24
  • Ly•••• £8,500 18/06/24
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