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Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1966 (D) Red
There were a number of variations of the Fiat 500, most of which were based on the standard wheelbase, however, in 1961 Fiat launched an estate version called the “Giardiniera” (Gardener).
The new body shape and the practicality of more space were achieved through an extension of the wheelbase and laying the engine on its side under the floor at the rear. The result was a 500 with usable rear seats, a generous boot with a single side-hinged rear door, rear hinged 'suicide' doors as per the 500D and a full length fabric sun-roof. It was capable of carrying four adults and 2.5cwt of luggage while returning an impressive 46.8mpg and a maximum speed of 60mph.
This example was built in November 1966 and first registered in Cuneo, Italy on 18th February 1967 and remained in Italy until being imported to the UK in 2004. The current owner kept the car in storage pending restoration for 7 years and it was then given to well known Italian car specialist R Proietti in London N7 in 2011 for a total rebuild.
Everything was removed from the bodyshell and this was sandblasted, rust treated, primed and totally repainted and there are a series of photographs in the file showing the works undertaken.
Almost everything on the car was replaced with new parts including all of the interior trim, rubber seals & chromework and lots of new mechanical components. The car was finally finished in October 2012 and the cost of the restoration was almost £12,000.
The car has not been used for 3 years and has only covered 650 Kms since the restoration and a believed genuine 66,392 Kilometers (41,200 miles) from new, although this cannot be verified.
The car is without doubt one of the best examples in the UK today and it is in near Concourse condition throughout and drives superbly.
The car is currently on a SORN, but upon sale it will be given a new MOT
and pre-sales service and it will come with our own 6 month Mechanical Warranty that can be extended and upgraded if required.
Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake
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