International Trophy Sale 2013

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1970 Fiat 500L

Lot No.: 339

Registration: AKE 224J
Chassis Number: tbc
Engine Number: tbc
Number of cylinders: 2
CC: 499cc
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Fiat 500 was produced by Fiat S.p.A (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) between 1957 and 1975 and was designed by Dante Giacosa. Despite its diminutive size, the '500' proved to be an enormously practical and popular vehicle throughout Europe. It captured the hearts and minds of the public until production ended in 1975.

Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957 it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 3 metres long, and originally powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and it is considered to be one of the first 'city cars'. The 'L' or Lusso penultimate model, like the car offered here today, was produced between 1968 and 1972. It featured a much modernised interior including a renewed dashboard which brought the Fiat 500 up to date. Greater comfort and style were provided in this new model for a new generation, and the engine benefitted from a power upgrade to 499cc.

This original left-hand drive Fiat 500 L from 1970 presents beautifully in tasteful blue paintwork with contrasting red interior. There have been no engine or gearbox modifications and the car has been restored to its standard specification in Italy during previous ownership. There is no documentation to support the extent of the work undertaken, but even to the amateur eye it is clear that it has been conducted sympathetically and to a high standard. The current owner has treated the car to a new exhaust system and the vendor describes it as being beautiful to drive.

The vendor reports that mechanically the car is very reliable and the bodywork and interior are also in extremely good condition.

These loveable little 500's are great value fun cars and rarely come better than this. They're guaranteed to turn heads and provide a pleasurable driving experience. The perfect city car!