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FIAT 500 1971
Body: Left-hand drive
Interior: Factory spec vinyl
Engine: Air-cooled 594cc
Brakes: Factory original drums
Wheel and tyres: Painted steel wheels with hubcaps
The car: Every country has its own version of the people’s car. Germany had the Beetle (obviously), France the 2CV, Russia had the, er Lada and those oh-so-stylish Italians came up with the 500. What they all have in common is they were affordable cars for the masses and their charm and quality transcended their cheapness to build and maintain. They were legends in their own lifetime. Well, maybe not the Lada, but you know what we mean. And, if you know anything at all about cars, and you obviously do or you wouldn’t be reading this, you’ll know what a cracking little car an original 500 is.
You can park a 500 next to the most exotic super cars on the planet, and people will still be drawn to the cheeky Italian economy car.
The only downside to the legendary 500 was its propensity to rust. They were famed for lasting as long as cake that had been left out in the rain, which makes finding a good one no easy task today. Suffice to say, this one speaks for itself. Having been recently painted and imported from Italy it’s yet to be UK registered, which means who ever is lucky, and smart enough to buy this appreciating classic, will be the first owner on the UK logbook. It’s a tiny car with huge appeal and we doubt it will hang around for long.AllOtherSold