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Lot 502: Fiat 600 Multipla

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

A concept successfully revived in recent years, the Multipla 'people carrier' first appeared in 1956. Based on the unitary construction 600 saloon, FIAT's first rear-engined car, the uniquely versatile Multipla featured front suspension taken from the 1100 model and forward controls. The latter arrangement enabled three rows of seats to be installed in the six-seater version that, with the rearmost two rows folded flat, provided a useful load-carrying platform of 18ft². With just 22bhp available from the 633cc four-cylinder engine, performance was, necessarily, modest, the Multipla's top speed being around 55mph. Taxi and 4/5-seater versions were available also. The performance of both the saloon and Multipla was considerably improved with the arrival of the 767cc 600D version in 1960. Maximum power went up to 27bhp, which permitted a higher final drive ratio to be used, and top speed increased to around 68mph. Around 130,000 Multiplas of all types had been made by the time production ceased in 1966 and today these charming and highly practical little vehicles are among the most sought after of all post-war FIATs. We are advised that this original and un-restored FIAT Multipla was in running condition when placed in storage some time ago (the engine remains free). There are no documents with this Lot.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number502
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€8050
Year1956
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number100.108 059877
Engine number100.008 764889
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors