Lot 126 - 1925 Fiat 501 Saloon
|Estimate||£13,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
Fiat’s first offering after World War One was the 501, which was introduced in 1919 and produced until 1926, when some 47,600 vehicles had been built. At a time when Austin was looking at creating smaller motor cars in Britain, the Fiat would have been seen as a more commodious form of family transport. Even at this time, Fiat would have gained a reputation for producing leviathan style competition vehicles and indeed their motor cars always seem a little quicker than many of their counterparts. The 501 was no slouch and examples can be seen at VSCC events performing with some verve.
This example was purchased from a Fiat dealer in Birmingham that was closing down some 30 years ago. It was in their showroom and as such was in very good condition. Presenting in blue with a very tidy blue leather interior, this 501 starts on the button and we are advised she drives well. Sadly the purchaser of the car passed away a number of years ago and has been used very little since, although it must be noted she has been run and moved on a regular basis. The styling of these models is slightly different to most other vehicles with three doors, the third being behind the driver. In right hand drive guise, these Fiat 501’s were thought superior to various offerings from our own British Industry of the time.
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