Fiat 500

EN­GINE 499cc/2-cyl/OHV POWER 18bhp@4600rpm TORQUE 22lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 60mph 0-60mph N/A FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 39-49mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 44,550 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-Sagers


This car was re­stored in Italy, mostly to a high stan­dard, though the near­side door win­dow trim is start­ing to come loose, like­wise the door seal (which leaves some ugly ad­he­sive ex­posed), and the bot­tom of the door doesn’t quite sit flush with the body.. The new Bianco paint has no scratches or runs and there are no dents in the body. The 12in steel wheels are un­dam­aged and there are tears or cracks in the hood. We found no cor­ro­sion but a fresh coat of un­der­seal would be ad­vis­able.


Bel­lis­sima! All the red and cream vinyl was re­newed dur­ing the restora­tion, so the seats and door trim are im­mac­u­late. There’s not much in the way of electrics and gauges, but it all works and the doors and win­dows open eas­ily on their chunky, free-mov­ing mech­a­nisms. The footwells are pro­tected with new rub­ber mat­ting, and the freshly painted dash is un­scratched.


The rear en­gine bay is topped off by what ap­pears to be a brand new ex­haust, and the en­gine it­self is spot­less, with new hoses and gas­kets and no ob­vi­ous leaks. Un­for­tu­nately there are a few fur­ther traces of the same mucky ad­he­sive used for the fail­ing door seals around the boot aper­ture. Up front, the petrol tank is in sound con­di­tion, and has ben­e­fit­ted from re­cent satin black re­paint. It sits along­side what looks like a new spare wheel and tyre. All other tyres are new Pirelli Cin­tu­rato P7s.


The Fiat’s doc­u­men­ta­tion in­cludes tax stamps from Italy, the orig­i­nal Carta Di Cir­co­lazione Per Au­tovet­tura (reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate), and an HMRC doc­u­ment re­lat­ing to the car’s ar­rival in the UK. There’s no his­tory con­cern­ing the restora­tion, but it’s ob­vi­ous that a pretty good job has been done, in­side and out. This 500D isn’t con­cours, but it’s not far off, and has a nicely pe­riod feel thanks in part to its orig­i­nal doc­u­men­ta­tion. A cou­ple of body flaws let it down at close range but most look like they’d be eas­ily sorted. This car will cer­tainly put a smile on its next owner’s face.

Spot­less en­gine de­liv­ers an easy 50mph cruise.

Vinyl in­te­rior was re­placed dur­ing restora­tion.

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