Lot 187 - 1962 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||42,000 miles|
|Estimate||£13,500 - £17,500|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
As the successor to the 1100, Fiat's 1200 series debuted in November 1957 at the Turin Motor Show. The two-model 1200 series was available in Granluce saloon and open Cabriolet form with a Turismo Veloce (fast touring) saloon available as well. In particular, the Spider featured sensuous bodywork with its design largely influenced by Fabio Luigi Rapi, Fiat's design director. A restyled convertible appeared for 1959 with a sleek new Pininfarina-designed body with styling quite similar to that of Ferrari's contemporary 250GTPF coupés, especially with the optional hardtop installed. Wind-up windows and swivelling seats remained standard while the new split mesh-patterned grille incorporated angled sides, recalling the prior Rapi-designed Spiders of 1957 and 1958. Alternatively known as either the 1200 Cabriolet or the 1200 Spider, these handsome cars were built by Fiat's Vetture Speciali (special cars) unit.
This lovely 1962 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet is completely orginal except for a repaint in the United States and the rare optional hard top which was restored in 2011. Supplied new to Iowa, it was imported to the UK in 2007 having had only one owner and with only 37,000 miles from new. In 2012 the car was taken to Ireland where the new owner regularly displayed it at car shows. It was then returned to the UK earlier this year and checked through and is now ready to use. Finished in red with black hard top and black interior, this 1200 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2016, the original service book and the shipping documents from the US. This handsome Pininfarina-styled 1200 Cabriolet is an excellent example through and through.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.