Fiat van – great for most jobs, but…

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Be­fore I bought my Ford Anglia ( Your Let­ters, CCW, 25 Jan­uary) I had a Fiat 500 van sim­i­lar to the Au­to­bianchi Giar­diniera high­lighted in the 22 Fe­bru­ary is­sue.

It ran sweetly enough but was very tatty. My friend’s brother once again set about the ex­te­rior with en­thu­si­asm. The new colour scheme was picked from the coach paint which was read­ily avail­able. It was de­cided that this lit­tle van would suit the colour scheme of Noddy’s car, so it be­came bright yel­low with red wings and a blue roof. I also fit­ted a 6ft fi­bre glass ra­dio aerial, com­plete with pen­nant, on the roof which used to ping on all the light fit­tings in multi-storey car parks and those goal­post type height bar­ri­ers. I was work­ing as an un­der­taker at the time and the Fiat van was my run­about to and from work.

One evening when it was my turn to be on call I was called out in the mid­dle of the night. In an at­tempt to re­duce the time I was out of bed, in­stead of wait­ing for the hearse driver to make his way to the garage and then pick me up I ar­ranged to meet him di­rectly at the de­ceased’s house. I ar­rived first and only re­alised my mis­take when I found my­self hav­ing to ex­plain that dear de­parted dad was not go­ing to be trans­ported to the Chapel of Rest crammed into the back of my colour­ful van. Martin James Wild, Tod­mor­den, West York­shire

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