Lot 121 - 1980 Fiat 238 Van

Lot 121 - 1980 Fiat 238 Van

Lot 121 - 1980 Fiat 238 Van

Lot Number 121
Registration MKU 475W
Chassis Number ZFA238B0000354708
Odometer reading 34,636 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £25,000

The first commercial vehicle by Fiat arrived in 1903, only a few years after the company had been established in Turin. Fiat’s light vans continued to be based on passenger cars, the most successful of the post-WW2 era being the 1100 ALR, derived from the 1100 saloon. Successor to the Fiat 1100T, the 238 was introduced in 1967 and produced in various versions - van, truck, chassis cab, minibus and ambulance - with engines of either 1,197cc or 1,438cc. The top speed was around 105km/h (65mph). The 238's mechanical underpinnings were sourced from the Autobianchi Primula, which is notable as the Fiat Group's first passenger car to feature front-wheel drive and a transverse engine. Produced in collaboration with Citroën, a Tipo 242 van arrived in 1974 boasting a larger petrol engine and a diesel option. Ideal for local deliveries, it was favoured by the UK's General Post Office, forerunner of Royal Mail. However, such was the 238's popularity that it was made available with 242's larger engine and kept in production until 1983, being replaced by the first of the Ducato series.

Manufactured in 1980, this 238 van presents in left hand drive and is in very good order throughout.
The blue coachwork is in good order, and we are advised she drives with no known faults. The larger 1438cc engine runs well and she keeps up with modern day traffic. Aesthetically, these are great looking vehicles and the Lamborghini livery further enhances the appearance. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this Fiat 238 van would enhance any collection of the Italian marque.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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