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1954 Fiat 500C Topolino

Lot 314 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 16th September 2020)

Estimate
£10,000 - £12,000
 

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Lot details

Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: 461683
MOT: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Northamptonshire

  • Current ownership since 2014 and has been displayed in a Fiat dealership since
  • Offered with Certification from ASI and Italian logbook
  • New exhaust fitted in 2019 and a new battery this year

Introduced in 1936, the Fiat 500 was an advanced design for its day. Able to boast such niceties as Lockheed hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension and 12-volt electrics, the newcomer helped redefine buyers' expectations in the small car market. With a compact 569cc four-cylinder engine positioned ahead of its front axle, the baby Fiat had a somewhat distinctive snout and was soon nicknamed the `Topolino' (or little mouse). Reputedly capable of 50mph and 50mpg despite a modest 13bhp power output, the 500 quickly established itself as an integral part of contemporary Italian culture (a process helped by its antics at various sporting events including the Mille Miglia). Debuting at the March 1949 Geneva Motor Show, the 500C was visually distinguished by its `wide-mouth' grille and near flush-fitting headlamps sunk into the front wings. While, under the skin it benefited from a new aluminium cylinder head and improved heating / ventilation system. Only in production for five years, the 500C nevertheless secured an impressive 376,371 sales.

Finished in Blue with Beige textile upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "excellent" condition throughout. Restored in Italy with photos present of the car in Italy, the Topolino has been in current ownership since 2014 since when it has been displayed in a Fiat dealership. The Fiat has been fitted with a new battery this year, and a new exhaust system in 2019. The 500 C is supplied with its Italian logbook and ASI certification, however the Fiat is currently un-registered for UK roads.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Excellent'
Engine: 'Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Excellent'
Gearbox: 'Excellent'
Interior Trim: 'Excellent'

 

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