Lot 107 - 1967 Fiat Nuova 500 F Berlina
|Odometer reading||67,191 km|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
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.
Originally supplied to the Netherlands, this 1967 Fiat Nuova 500 F was imported into the UK in the spring of 2013. Presented in rosso red with contrasting and original two tone beige trim, the interior boasts the pretty round ivory instrument binnacle and steering wheel. The floors have retained their original rubber mats which remain in good condition. The coachwork was subject to an older restoration which has also stood well against the test of time. The paintwork presents very well and the full folding sunroof is in excellent condition and operates easily as it should. The Nuova has been carefully taken care of since entering the UK with expenditure on rebuilt brakes, new drive shafts and new front springs. This Fiat 500 is UK registered and has an MoT test certificate valid until mid September 2016. The history file includes its original documents from the Netherlands including the original registration papers. These small Fiats are great fun and remain remarkably practical, even today.
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