$18,500

1952 Fiat 500 Giardiniera Belvedere

Details
Condition Used
Body Coupe
Make Fiat
Model 500 Giardiniera
Mileage N/A
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1952
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Brown
History Yes
VIN: 353054
Description

On offer is a very charming and largely original example of the extremely rare Fiat Topolino Giardiniera Belvedere estate car.  This late series example was located by our team in Italy in very good condition, complete, straight and well cared for.  The delightful 2-tone paint scheme in taupe over tan had been redone just over 5 years ago and is in a fine state.  This highlights a body in remarkable overall condition for a vehicle over 60 years of age.  All panels are smooth and correct, gaps in good order and this car looks sharp from any angle.  Chrome, accent trim, badges, lenses, window trim and glass are all in very good order.  Attractive 2-tone disc wheels are fitted with the original chrome center caps.  Some items do show weathering and patina but, on balance, the car shows very well indeed. The body features the limited production opening fabric roof option which is in fully operable condition with minimal wear or weathering of the fabric.  The suicide front doors and large side opening rear door feature stout alloy latches.  The unique side window latches and other interior hardware are all there and in nice condition.  The interior is fully finished in correct tan vinyl which shows some aging and patina.  The floors are covered with correct rubber matting.  Dashboard is tidy and complete, some instruments have been reconditioned and all switches etc. are in good working order.  The steering wheel does show cracks in the plastic, but functions well and remains sturdy. Body and undercarriage show no significant rust or evidence of prior corrosion repairs.  The chassis has been protected over the years by wax undercoating previously applied.  The front suspension has been completely redone, rear suspension inspected and lubricated as necessary, new shocks on both ends.  The exhaust system is new.  The entire brake system has been redone and fitted with new master cylinder, hoses, linings etc.  The oil pan was pulled to allow inspection of the main and rod bearings which showed minimal wear.  The carburettor was rebuilt, fuel lines replaced and a complete tune up performed, including all necessary parts renewed.  A full detail and cleaning of the engine compartment has been performed.  The car starts readily and drives with anticipated joy in abundance.  Ride and handling are surprisingly good. A really special example of a truly rare and unique example of the charm and fun-ctionality of the classic Fiat Topolino estate.  The car is a joy to drive and will inspire the love and devotion of many.  Excellent color scheme, remarkable condition, just enough patina and mechanically well attended, this collectable will put a smile on your face every time you fire it up. Under the hood, a compact 569cc 4-cylinder side valve motor twists up all of 16 HP delivered to the rear wheels via a 4-speed transmission.  Top speed is just above 50 mph and fuel economy tops 39 mpg.  The Topolino  also offered hydraulic drum brakes, rugged suspension and reasonable overall performance for the period.  The unique layout placed the motor in front of the radiator offering great service access and a lower hoodline.