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1971 Fiat 500L

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£6,784

  • Mileage~22,650 km
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine0.5L
  • LocationCambridge

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1971 Fiat 500L

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Introduction

Andrew Taylor
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Small, nimble, and easy on fuel - the Fiat 500L proved to be an instant hit among the masses.

The Fiat is one of few cars that command cult status. It's an icon of the automotive world and won hearts as soon as it rolled of the Italian firm's production lines back in the '50s. - today the car is still as popular as ever.

The 500L, also known as 'Lusso' is a more richly trimmed and better-appointed version of the standard 500F. This is a late 500L, with its tubular guards protecting the front bumper and rear corners. Other model-specific additions included a new Fiat badge, redesigned hub caps, chrome plastic mouldings for the roof drip rails, bright trim around the windows, and an anti-glare plastic dashboard.

This is example was purchased new in 1971 by Antimo's grandfather, passed down to his dad, and now to Antimo. He has imported it to the UK where he was planning to use it on short trips, however, due to the lack of use Antimo has now decided to sell the car.

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

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Meet the owner

Originally owned by my grandfather, this dashing 500L has been in the family since new.

This 500L is very special to Antimo, it's been in the family since new! Originally owned by his grandfather, who put very little miles on it, only traveling around their small mountain village in the south of Italy. Antimo's dad learnt to drive in this car, and shortly after, Antimo did too, so there's a lot of emotional attachment to an incredibly well looked after piece of automotive history.

Antimo reports the car has had a full exterior restoration, and two new front seats, the rest of the interior is highly original.

"It's just like owning a vintage mechanical clock - lift the choke, pull the starter and the engine just comes to life," says Antimo.

He imported the car from Italy in December 2020, and was intending to get it ready for the UK roads, however, restrictions intervened and now the car is not getting use, driven or admired, how Antimo planned it to be, hence the sale.

Antimo be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.

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Exterior

An icon and legend worldwide - the Fiat 500L never fails to put a smile on our faces with it's classic form and styling.

Wheels and Tyres

We think the wheels look great and appear to have been refurbished in line with the exterior - all have attractive chrome hub caps that were re-designed for Lusso.

The car also features matching Deestone tyres on each wheel and appear in great condition.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a full in-depth tour of the exterior.

Bodywork

Cute, curvy, and small, the attractive Italian shape from the '50s never fails to turn heads wherever you travel. All the bodywork appears great on this example, with the panel gaps and shut lines looking tight and true.

Please view the extensive videos and photographs to see the condition in detail.

Paint

Finished in the traditional 'Bianco' this car really does look the part. Antimo mentions the car was resprayed while the exterior of the car was refurbished.

Spending 49 years of its life in sunny Italy, has really helped preserve the life of this car. The paint looks even in finish and colour across all the panels. If we're being really picky, we did notice the odd very minor stone chip to the front bumper and a small patch of wear on the roof from the retractable sunroof.

Please take the time to review the photographs and videos to appreciate the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks to be in good condition all around. The brightwork trim around the windows is starting to show signs of age, however, the rubber seals look to be in good condition.

The chrome bumpers too really look the part on this Fiat 500L.

Please view the images and videos of the glass to see it in detail.

Interior

The Fiat 500L boasts richly trimmed and better-appointed interior, various quality materials have been used throughout.

Seats and Carpets

The interior looks in very good condition for the age of the car, Antimo reports the car's interior is highly original, apart from two new front seats, that blend in very well with the rest of the interior.

The original rear seats look good with some slight signs of pleasing patina. The red luxurious carpet fitted throughout looks good yet a little worn around the edges.

Please take time to review the interior media pack to see this highly original example in more detail.

Dashboard

As with the rest of the car's interior, a really nice example. Smart and minimalistic dashboard and instrument cluster, including the very retro ashtray.

The dashboard appears free from cracks or tears, please view the images to see the dashboard in more detail.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic Fiat 500 steering wheel and gear shifter can be found in this example.

Both show pleasing signs of patina and are in a similar condition to the rest of the interior, good for the age of the car.

We have captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior.

Mechanics

The Fiat 500L is small and nimble with its raspy 0.5L engine, ideal for agile countryside or city driving.

Engine and Gearbox

The car is powered by a smooth yet nippy 0.5L engine.

Please watch the mechanical video to see and hear the engine running smoothly. The car started the first time from cold.

Suspension and Brakes

Antimo reports a lovely ride in the 500L and mentions the car stops without any issues.

Please view the mechanical and exterior photos for a closer look at the underside.

The Drive

Antimo will be sad to see the car go, he learnt to drive in it, and so did his farther. He mentions the car drives just as it should, and is as joy to drive in the UK as it was around small villages in Southern Italy.

Electrics and Other

The car features a vinyl sunroof which retracts and allows sun air and light to flood the cabin on dry days.

These are pretty simple cars, built to help the Italian economy and people get back on the road after the war, no complicated ECUs to worry about.

History and Paperwork

Freshly imported, this restored original car from Italy really stands out on the roads today.

The Fiat 500 has been in Antimo's family since new, he had the car recommissioned in March 2021, and UK registered.

In Cambridge Antimo had the following work carried out: replace front suspension arms, suspension idler, fit bearings to drum brakes, replace front brake shoes and drums, replace rear suspension arms, shock absorbers, brake pressure sensor, and bleed the brakes, fit a new battery and washer pump.

Antimo is also including the Italian-made cover within the sale.

Checks carried out by us:
- V5
- HPi checked and clear

Service History
Date Type Mileage
13.01.2021 MOT 22,617km
Key Details
  • ModelFiat 500L
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.01.1971
  • UK Reg. Date01.05.2021
  • CC499CC
  • Mileage~22,600 km
  • HistoryPresent
  • ColourWhite
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #2749576
  • Engine #Not Known.
  • MOTYes - Exp.12.01.2022
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0 (UK)
  • Security SysStandard
  • LHD or RHDLHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Key FeatureFamily Owned from New







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£6,400 bid by RichNeil 28.09.2021 @ 18:58:10
£6,000 bid by Sennen 28.09.2021 @ 14:00:12
£5,000 bid by RichNeil 28.09.2021 @ 13:49:03
Dirtydoggarage
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Dirtydoggarage

is the vehicle uk registered

RichNeil
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RichNeil

Hi Antimo

Lovely looking car.

Is there any documentation, such as the Italian equivalent of the V5, Italian service records/history, showing your family ownership from new?

Kindest regards

Richard

Sennen
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Sennen

Hi Antimo, where are you based please, thanks

Mark

£4,000 bid by Sennen 26.09.2021 @ 21:46:16
£2,250 bid by jackdb1996 26.09.2021 @ 20:05:05
£1,951 bid by Sennen 26.09.2021 @ 17:49:33
Sennen
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Sennen

Hi Antimo, where is the car based please?

Mark

£1,750 bid by bryn 26.09.2021 @ 09:21:01
F1500
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F1500

Hi Antimo,

Like the car.

If you kept the car what else would you do to it, either mechanical. maintenance or restoration?

Is the mileage correct or has it gone around the clock?

Does it require a petrol upgrade?

Thanks

Carmine

Carmine Pasquariello
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Carmine Pasquariello

Thanks, one last question the bonnet (hinge side) does not appear to be true and tight over the wings. Is this a detail or is there an issue?

Tony knox
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Tony knox

What is the car width ?

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