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Lot 504: Fiat 500L berline

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Replacement for FIAT's much-loved 500 'Topolino', the Nuova 500 debuted in 1957. A radical departure from its predecessor's essentially pre-war design, FIAT's new baby featured unitary construction of the chassis/body, an opening fabric roof and all-independent suspension. Carried at the rear, the half-litre engine was an air-cooled overhead-valve twin. The basic 500's austerity was not well received however, prompting the introduction of a revised and better equipped version endowed with refinements such as hubcaps, wind-down windows, upholstered rear seat and column-mounted switch-gear stalks. This process of step-by-step improvement would continue throughout the 500's life. Introduced in 1968 alongside the standard 500F, the deluxe 500L, while mechanically identical, came with exterior cosmetic enhancements and an improved interior featuring a new instrument panel, seats and floor covering. This charming little FIAT was comprehensively restored in 2002 and is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition. Attractively finished in light blue with black interior, it sits on new Borrani chromed wire wheels and is ready for the skiing season, coming complete with a luggage rack and wooden skis. This all-time classic FIAT 500L is offered with Italian libretto, ASI and FIVA papers, and some photographic records of its restoration.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number504
Estimate€8000-€14000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number110F 5095009
Engine number110F 0001225488
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors