19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 9

1974 Autobianchi 500 Giardiniera Estate

Sold for £10,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: RSX 114M
Chassis No: 120303854
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to an extensive restoration from 2015 to 2018
  • Offered with a collection of invoices totaling over c.£30,000
  • Recent engine overhaul in current ownership
  • 77,139 credible kilometres recorded and said to be 'Excellent' overall
  • Finished in Avorio Chiaro matched to a Fawn vinyl interior

The 500 Giardiniera, an estate version of the iconic Fiat 500 was the longest-running model of the Italian 'people's car'. Production began in 1960 until 1966 as a Fiat badged model, however, from 1968, following the move of production to the Desio plant, the Giardiniera (aka the 500K in some markets) was built and badged by subsidiary Autobianchi up until 1977. Other 500 models were updated in 1967 whereas the Giardiniera retained the iconic features such as the 'suicide doors' into the 1970s. It possesses the classic features with space, to create a flat loading space, the engine was laid under the floor of the boot. The roof on this model also stretches all the way to the rear, not stopping above the driver and front passenger as it does in other models of the same period. A total of 327,000 Giardinieras were produced, and from 1968 sold only as Autobianchi Giardiniera. It was never officially imported into the UK.

'RSX 114M' is a 1974 Italian sourced vehicle that has been the subject of an extensive restoration by Deal of Kelvedon from 2015 to 2018 and finished in Avorio Chiaro. With a credible 77,139km displaying, there has been a recent engine overhaul in current ownership. The vendor describes the car as 'Excellent' overall. Having been located in Sicily by a UK owner with Italian heritage it was shipped to the UK where it was entrusted to Deal of Kelvedon for an extensive restoration. The intention was to use the vehicle in a florist business as a promotional vehicle. After some years and a documented expenditure of nearly £30,000, the owner’s marriage failed and the Giardiniera had to be sold. It was not entirely finished at this stage as the money and time had run out, so when acquired by the current owner there was still work to do.

The vendor advises us that numerous items that were required were sourced and fitted to complete and that close inspection would reveal many new panels, no rust and no filler. The vendor has bestowed the car with a new screen, rear opening side windows, quarter light frames and channels, door and window handles, an engine overhaul and NOS carb, new fuel pump, new thermostatic engine warm-up device, hazard flashers, new coil, points, plugs and an original style tool kit obtained (tool box correctly labelled Autobianchi). The interior trim is new Fawn vinyl and the floor feature correct rubber matting. New tyres were fitted all round. Offered with a collection of invoices for c.£30,000 and the V5C.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


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