1970 Fiat 500 ex Paris-PekingSOLD
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Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Sold: €4,700

Always was a basic car, the Fiat 500 was in fact it so tinder-powered when launched in 1957 that even Italians gave it the cold shoulder. In comparison to rival countries' offerings, such as the Citroen 2CV and the Morris/Austin Mini that appeared just two years later, the 500 was out of date almost from the start. Most small cars could offer similar economy and just as much interior space while having that useful extra refinement for long journeys, but none of those rivals was quite as small as the Fiat. It was the ultimate town car, and its tiny dimensions and cheeky good looks soon won an enormous following among minimalist motorists around the world. The Fiat 500 was a true successor to the Fiat Topolino which had been part of the Italian culture since 1936. The bubble-like shape of the 500 had already been pioneered by the Fiat 600 of 1955m, a conventional small family saloon with a water cooled, four cylinder engine. In contrast, the 500 was almost a micro car with its air-cooled vertical twin cylinder motor and seating for two adults and a number of children only.

This charming little 500L, finished in beige with a contrasting red interior, indeed proved its reliability last year on a rally from Paris to Pachino, not Peking but a small seaside town in the south of Sicily, some 3,000km from Paris, an ironic homage to the original Paris to Peking rally of 1907. The team of two, journalist Raffaele Panizza and photographer Enzo Ranieri, left the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on 15th June 2006 to arrive in Pachino eight days later, avoiding motorways and even daring to take this baby Fiat on to the race track at Magny Cours! The adventure was sponsored by Fiat and the Italian magazine Max as well as Play Radio, an Italian station that featured news of this daring undertaking every evening between 8pm and 9pm. As can be expected, the rally has been very well documented by both Fiat and Max and this most Italian of all cars is just awaiting further rallies in the hands of its new owners.




Reference Number 14202

as of 10/13/2007

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Car 1970 Fiat 500 ex Paris-Peking