Lot 264 - 1970 Fiat 500L
|Odometer reading||72,468 miles|
|Result||Sold - £15,282|
Designed by Dante Giacosa, the Fiat 500 was produced between 1957 and 1975 with limited production of the Fiat 500K estate continuing until 1977. Measuring only three metres long and originally powered by a tiny 479cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term 'small car' and is considered one of the first city cars. Despite its diminutive size, the 500 proved to be an enormously practical and popular car throughout Europe, capturing the hearts and minds of the public. The 'L' or Lusso was manufactured between 1968 and 1972 and featured a much more up to date interior including a renewed dashboard that gave the 500 a more modern feel.
This UK registered right hand drive example has benefitted from a full restoration which included new body panels and paintwork. The transmission has been rebuilt and the stopping power has been improved with the addition of Pirelli Cinturatos front disc brakes. The 650cc power plant has the addition of a performance camshaft and a larger carburettor. A performance exhaust was fitted as were new kingpins, new driveshafts and couplings, new wheel cylinders along with new hoses and pipes. The interior of this 500 has had inertia reel seatbelts fitted, a new folding roof, new carpets and door cards. The overall look is complemented by new bumpers front and rear. The file for this cutest of all Fiats contains a photographic record of the restoration. Presented to auction with a V5C registration document, this MoT test exempt Fiat is offered without reserve.
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