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Becoming ever more difficult to find, the 500D is nowadays a very desirable and rare version of the Fiat 500. The early details abound, like the rear-hinged doors, the minimalist round clock speedo and of course, the removable rear roof section, allowing the fitment of the full-length sunroof, or ‘trasformabile’.
The 500D model was launched in 1960, with an extra horsepower over the outgoing model – up to 17.5bhp from it’s 499cc engine! Other improvements included a padded dashboard (for safety!) and a fold down rear seat backrest (for practicality!) while such elaborate equipment as a windscreen washer and a cigarette lighter were offered for the first time. It was the mainstay of 500 production until the advent of the F model in 1965.
This particular example was made in 1963 in left hand drive and has spent most of its life in Italy, being originally registered in the city of Terni in southern Umbria. Restored some years ago, it has most recently been part of a large Italian collection and seen little use. The restoration is nicely mellowed now but the body is very sound and particularly attractive in the original colour of ‘blu chiaro marino 486’ or light marine blue. The interior and engine bay are also very presentable without being overly restored.
On arrival in the UK, a NOVA was carried out and a ‘certificato di origine’ from FCA (Fiat) Heritage has been obtained. The car was subsequently checked over, serviced and a new clutch fitted before being MOT tested and in fact is now UK registered on an age-related numberplate.
This is a very original example of an evergreen classic and one that would reward a little further detailing. This forms part of a consignment from McGrath Italian to Brightwells auctions on 26th September.