Lot 231 - 1973 Fiat 500R
|Chassis Number||110F 6152582|
|Engine Number||126A5 0000159208|
|Odometer reading||14,870 km|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
The Fiat 500 was produced by the Italian car makers between 1957 and 1975 with limited production of the Fiat 500K estate continuing until 1977. It was designed by Dante Giacosa and, despite its diminutive size, the 500 proved to be an enormously practical and popular vehicle throughout Europe capturing the hearts and minds of the public. Launched as the Nuova (new) 500, it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only three metres long and originally powered by a tiny 479cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term 'small car' and is considered one of the first city cars. The last incarnation of the Fiat 500 was the R model. It had a larger 594cc engine, designed by Abarth, giving it a more usable power rating of 23bhp, and came with a full synchromesh gearbox.
Imported into the UK in 2011, this immaculate lefthand drive Fiat 500R benefits from having the larger engine giving enough power to keep up with modern traffic. Since being in the UK, the car has been thoroughly gone through by Middle Barton Garage who are Abarth specialists. Finished in the attractive combination of white with red trim and benefitting from a sunroof, this UK tax paid car can be registered for use in Europe with the necessary NOVA paperwork which is available. A delightful example that is both fun and economical to use.
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