Un­reg­is­tered Fiat Coupé on mar­ket

Pre-pro­duc­tion 16v Turbo – that’s cov­ered 825 miles from new – on of­fer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Nick Larkin www.holly­brook­sportscars.com

An 825-mile pre-pro­duc­tion Fiat Coupé 16v Turbo that’s never been reg­is­tered is for sale in North­ern Ire­land, priced at £20,000.

Fin­ished in Giallo Gines­tra yel­low, the right-hand drive twodoor is avail­able from Holly­brook Sportscars in Ul­ster.

The 1994 Fiat was one of a batch of 15 cars con­structed by Pin­in­fa­rina, this ex­am­ple be­ing used to test right-hand drive mar­ket dealer feed­back on trim and fi­nal de­tails.

The coupé later be­came part of the Pin­in­fa­rina col­lec­tion prior to the firm go­ing out of busi­ness in 2012.

The bright yel­low car was sold to a pri­vate Ital­ian buyer but has more re­cently been owned by a di­rec­tor of Holly­brook Sportscars.

Im­port du­ties on the car have been paid but the Coupé re­mains un­reg­is­tered. Fiat has help­fully sup­plied the Cer­tifi­cate of Con­for­mance and an of­fi­cial let­ter de­tail­ing the chas­sis num­ber.

‘This is a unique car in su­perb con­di­tion and we’ve had a lot of in­ter­est in it,’ says Holly­brook spokesman Matthew Cruick­shank.

‘As en­thu­si­asts, when we were of­fered the chance to sell such an ex­cit­ing and his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant car we just jumped at the chance. It’s in true time­warp con­di­tion and you can be­lieve it has fewer than 1000 miles on the clock. It’s ba­si­cally a brand new car.’

The Fiat has some de­tail dif­fer­ence to pro­duc­tion UK mod­els, in­clud­ing a dif­fer­ent gear­lever, door rub­bers and car­pets. It also has a fit­ted sun­roof. In­cluded is a set of un­used mats that were sup­plied by the fac­tory.

Fiat pro­duced the Coupé in var­i­ous guises from 1993 to 2000. The body was de­signed by Chris Ban­gle.

The £20,000 ask­ing price is four times the reg­u­lar value, but cars with fewer than 1000 miles from new are few and far between.

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