Lot 241 - 1998 Fiat Barchetta ' 2.0 conversion'
|Result||Sold - £2,128|
The Fiat type 176 Barchetta was Fiat's re-entry to the convertible or spider car market and a challenge to the popular Mazda MX5 from Japan. With distinctive styling that can be traced back to the 1949 Ferrari 166MM, production began at the Maggiora plant close to Turin in 1995 and, due to the lack of a spray shop, were painted at Bertone's plant and then returned for final assembly. Built on the Fiat Punto floor pan and fitted with the 1,747cc twin over-head cam engine with Fiat's variable valve timing, these engines are very reliable as well as lively and responsive. With a firm chassis and very good panel fit, these hand assembled sports cars are great fun to drive and have what must be the easiest and quickest hood to put up or down. Production ceased at the Maggiora factory in 2002 and production was moved to Fiats Mirafiori plant, where a face lift model or phase II was built until 2005.
In 2008, this stunning Rosso red Barchetta was involved in an accident to the front wing and although repairable, it was classified as Category C. The owner decided to purchase the car from the insurance company and it was converted to righthand drive with a 2.0 Twin Spark, Alfa Romeo engine fitted by Auto Lusso. We are informed this engine conversion is still under warranty and it has only covered some 2,000 miles since. Brembo brakes were fitted to cope with the extra power and marginal weight gain along with wider track alloy wheels to improve the traction. The result is, perhaps, what Fiat should have always produced. Documents relating to the engine change and the history of the car accompany this Barchetta and, at no reserve, there is little doubt this will represent 'a lot of bang for your buck'.
Interested parties may like to know that Autolign-Inspections are able to de-categorise a CAT C or D car subject to their inspection.
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.