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1971 Fiat 500L

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£9,010

  • Mileage~49,400
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine0.5L
  • LocationBradford

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1971 Fiat 500L

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Introduction

Isaac Wass
Professional Automotive Photographer and Consigner

This fully restored 1971 Fiat 500L is a charming Italian classic, instantly recognisable and loved by all.

Considered to be one of the first purpose designed city cars, the Fiat 500L was originally introduced in 1957 featuring two doors, four seats, and a rear mounted 499cc two cylinder engine - following the pattern of the Volkswagen Beetle of the same era.

A surprisingly practical car in spite of its size, the Fiat 500L saw large sales throughout Europe, and soon became the cult classic that we know and love today.

The Fiat 500L or “Lusso”, features some choice upgrades over its lesser spec'd counterpart, the 500F, these include a better trimmed interior, tubular front and rear bumper guards, and a newly designed Fiat badge. This particular example has since undergone an extensive restoration since its original construction in 1971, being fully reconditioned by its current owner Mark in 2011.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Isaac after meeting Mark the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I originally restored the car to use as a restaurant centrepiece, but after health and safety regulations got in the way it became a staple part of my collection.

Mark has spent the majority of his life and his career building, painting, repairing and restoring cars.

Having worked with Ginetta to build and produce many cars over the years, Mark has probably built more cars than some of us will ever own, but this expertise has come in handy when turning his attention to his own collection of cars - all of which have been reconditioned in house by himself.

The Fiat 500L was originally restored by Mark over a period of approximately six months with the intention of using it as a centerpiece in an Italian restaurant, however after health and safety regulations got in the way he decided to simply keep it and add it to his own collection of classics.

If you have any questions regarding Marks Fiat 500L, then you can ask them in the comments section below.

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Exterior

Featuring instantly recognisable styling, the Fiat 500L never fails to turn heads and draw smiles wherever it goes.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheels feature the iconic chrome hubcaps, synonymous with the “Lusso” variant Fiat 500 - these are in fantastic condition as they have been refurbished in line with the rest of the car and have barely seen tarmac since the restoration.

The tyres are in near perfect condition as they have only seen 1 mile of use since they were put on the vehicle, this is evident in the image gallery where we encourage you to inspect the condition and tread for yourself.

Bodywork

As part of its 2011 restoration almost all panels were replaced with new items, the only original panel on the vehicle is the roof and its condition is in line with the rest of the car. During our time with the vehicle we didn’t identify any visible defects with the bodywork, all panels appear to be straight and true and all panel gaps appear to be even.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves.

Paint

Once again having been completely restored in 2011 and garage stored ever since, the paint is in great condition and doesn’t show any signs of age. The red paintwork isn’t at all faded and shares a consistent colour across all panels which is of course to be expected given its complete restoration.

Again, please take time to review all the images and videos showing the paint from different angles and reflections, to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

On the whole the glass is in great condition with no chips, scratches, or cracks, however we did notice that the passenger side window rattles slightly in its setting - you can see this for yourself in our 'On The Road' video.

The trim pieces across the car are all in good condition, with no visible scuffs, scratches, or any other defects that would take away from the vehicles appearance.

Interior

Featuring white genuine leather upholstery, embroidered with the Abarth logo, this interior both looks and feels brand new.

Seats and Carpets

As part of its restoration Mark took the time to have the original seats retrimmed in white genuine leather, along with an embroidered Abarth logo to really add character to this iconic yet simple interior.

The interior carpet tells a similar story, however there is some damage to the carpet in the middle of the rear footwells which can be seen in our 'Interior Review' video and extensive gallery images, but overall the combination of genuine leather and high quality carpet bring a delightfully classy feel to the interior of the car.

Dashboard

Opting to keep the red/white colour scheme alive on the dashboard, it is the same deep red as the rest of the vehicle with white trim pieces and original switchgear.

Mark believes this car was originally one of the Jack Barclay Mayfair cars due to the “Jack Barclay” plaque on the dash that was present on the vehicle when he purchased it, however he has no hard proof of this and is only surmising.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in great condition, sitting nicely against the red dashboard and accented beautifully with the red/white theme of the car, the steering wheel features no visible damage or chipped paint, however on the day of our visit the horn did not work.

The gearstick and handbrake both have matching white genuine leather gaiters to match the rest of the interior, and these are once again in great condition.

Mechanics

With freshly painted engine casings and fully refreshed fittings and pipework the mechanical aspects of this car have seen as much love as the visual.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine is the same 499cc two cylinder air cooled engine in keeping with the originality of the rest of the vehicle, however the engine has been reconditioned, with the engine casings painted a striking blue and adorned with contrasting bare metal pipework and fittings.

The four speed gearbox is in keeping with the rest of the car, Mark had considered fitting the Fiat 126 gearbox to allow for 1st gear synchros, however wanting to keep the car as original as possible he fitted the original gearbox which works and functions as it should.

Suspension and Brakes

The car features slightly lower than standard springs on the rear, and a similarly adjusted leaf spring setup for the front, meaning this car sits moderately lower than the original but this doesn’t affect the car or the way it drives.

The gallery contains images from many angles allowing you to see the lower fit of the suspension, we encourage you to take a closer look for yourself.

The Drive

This car has actually driven less than one mile since its restoration, the large majority of which was carried out during our “On The Road” video.

During our drive the car ran reliably, accelerating smoothly and handling the terrain with relative ease. At only 132cm wide, some speed bumps proved tricky to manoeuvre however on the whole it drove well and didn't present any audible knocks or bangs.

Electrics and Other

The electrical systems in this car are very few, however they all functioned as they should during our time with the vehicle with the exception of the horn which was not functioning on the day of our visit.

The undercarriage of this car is where the restoration can really be appreciated, with almost no sign of any wear, dirt, or debris - this car looks like new from underneath and this can be seen clearly in our gallery images.

History and Paperwork

This car comes with an impressive number of invoices listing parts, panels, and ancillary gear, all relating to its 2011 restoration.

With limited history pre-restoration we have pictured a handful of MOTs dating back to late 1990s/early 2000s, however Mark did provide a number of invoices for parts relating to the restoration of this car - including body panels, interior fittings, and ancillary running gear.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.01.1999 MOT 41,790
08.02.2000 MOT 44,345
12.02.2001 MOT 46,307
09.04.2002 MOT 48,736
18.09.2003 MOT 49,203
Key Details
  • Model500L
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date15.07.1971
  • CC499
  • Mileage~49,400
  • HistorySome Present
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourWhite
  • Interior TrimGenuine Leather
  • Chassis #2848125
  • Engine #3053306
  • Restored2011
  • Engine Rebuild2011
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • # of Keys1
  • LHD or RHDUK RHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned11 Years
  • Key FeatureUK RHD, Condition
  • Auction ID453108







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maxnaz
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maxnaz

Is their a heater and is their any damage whatsoever ever to the paint work or to the body.
Also if successfully would you be able to keep the car on your site until I can pick up as I am in London and will come to pick up in a few weeks and drive it back slowly taking a whole day to bring back to London.

Donaldduck1952
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Donaldduck1952

Hi mark is there a reserve on the car I have the last bid at the moment I have restored many classic car but at 70 this would be the first I have bought restored looks like you have done a brilliant job many thanks alan

PauloUK1
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PauloUK1

Hi Mark,
Appreciate that the Fiat is now MOT exempt, but the last MOT was 2003 prior to restoration?
I am assuming it needs a service & new battery etc, as its been standing since 2011?
Regards Paul.

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