1975 Fiat 500 RSOLD
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Estimate: €3,500-5,000

Sold: €5,900

The Fiat 500 was a true successor to the Fiat Topolino, nicknamed 'Mickey Mouse', which had been part of the Italian culture since 1936. Although the bubble-like shape had already been pioneered by the Fiat 600 of 1955, a conventional small family saloon with a water cooled, four cylinder engine, the Fiat 500, or Cinqucento, in contrast was almost a micro car with its air-cooled vertical twin cylinder motor and seating for two adults and a number of children only. The next major version to be released was the Giardiniera. Introduced in 1960, this was an estate model with a stretched wheelbase and a horizontally-mounted engine. Later in the year the 500D was released. This brought the 499.5cc engine into general useage (rather than just in the Sport, which was discontinued) with a power output of 17.5bhp. A few other detail changes (such as a revised fuel tank) were also made. Production of the 500D continued until 1965 when it was replaced by the 500F. The last incarnation of the Fiat 500, the R (for rinnovata meaning renewed), was arguably the best model. Introduced in 1972 it was produced until 1975, although by then its successor, the Fiat 126, had already been on the market for some two years.

This beautiful example from the last year of production is most attractively finished in dark blue with a black vinyl interior. Standard Fiat 500s do not come much nicer than this one which not long ago underwent a comprehensive restoration; the vendor informs us that it is in very good condition throughout and everything works as it should. What better year to buy the classic Cinquecento than in its 50th anniversary year?

Reference Number 14207

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1975 Fiat 500 R
VIN 5193899