Lot 213 - 1999 Fiat Barchetta
|Odometer reading||68,000 km|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
Fiat's Barchetta (Italian for 'little boat') was developed between 1990 and 1994 under project name 'Tipo B Spider 176' and culminating in a two door roadster with deft and distinctive styling flare. Powered by the well proven and lively 1.7 litre, four-cylinder, 16v engine, the Barchetta was good for 130bhp and 124mph. Whilst being no slouch, the Barchetta exhaust boasts a pleasing rasp and the driving experience gives the sensation that the car is even faster than it really is. Sold only in lefthand drive, manufacturing ceased by Maggiora in May 2002 and Fiat resurrected the Barchetta with a Phase Two model during 2004 built at its Mirafiori plant in Turin before ending production soon after in June 2005.
Presented in near unmarked silver coachwork with black leather, this lovely Barchetta has been cherished throughout its life. Sold by DTR Sports to a Mr. Godfrey in July 1999 and with the original sales invoice in the history file, this example has had just three further owners from new. The history file includes details of service schedules and, importantly, the dates of the major services which can be substantiated by the comprehensively stamped service booklet. Having been garaged for some four years between 2007 and 2011, this little roadster covered around 60,000 miles when it had a new clutch, a reconditioned gearbox followed by a cam belt service and new exhaust. With an MoT test certificate valid until April 2017 and described by the owner as a 9/10 example, this is a fantastic opportunity to own this fun, pretty and collectable roadster.