Lot 137 - 1965 Fiat Nuova 500D
|Odometer reading||56,286 km|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,750|
The Nuova 500 was designed by Dante Giacosa, who was also responsible for its predecessor, the Cinquecento or Topolino (little mouse) as the public immediately christened it. The Nuova is a masterpiece of packaging; the rear-wheel drive, rear-engined layout leaving a remarkably uncluttered cabin with adequate room for four passengers, despite the diminutive length of just 9.74ft. At its introduction in 1957 the little Fiat was powered by a twin-cylinder engine of 479cc and just 13bhp, but by the time of the later 500 F the capacity had grown to 499.5cc and the output to 22bhp - sufficient for a maximum speed of around 60mph combined with a fuel consumption of over 50mpg.
This very solid, original 1965 Fiat 500D has recently been imported from Genova, Italy where it has been repainted within the last ten years and more recently has had new seat covers and door cards fitted. It is now finished in white with a full length black vinyl sunroof, whilst the contempory interior is in red and white. It comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2016 and a copy of the Italian registration document. The vendor states the car starts and runs well. Fiat 500s are quirky, fun and economical; it is difficult to drive one without a smile on your face.
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