Monday, February 8, 2016

Cinquecento Sportivo: 1972 Fiat 500

A few years ago if you had pointed me to an advert for a classic Fiat 500 with a $17k asking price, I would have laughed and started searching for custom El Caminos...but times change and the whims of the car buying public might make this thing a decent buy.  Find this 1972 Fiat 500 Sport Abarth offered for $17,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The seller indicates that this Cinquecento was previously owned by the President of the Fiat 500 Club in Italy (have all documentation) and wears Italian plates...but judging by the appearance of US plates on a Lexus in the background, it seems to have made a transatlantic trip.  

The engine is a 650 cc 2-cylinder that is mated to a 4-speed transmission -- and judging by the following statement: Car can drive anywhere and at freeway speeds with no problem; it appears to be modified to produce more than the original 22 horsepower. 

See another Fiat 500 with more fog lights?


  1. it cannot be number 53. That is Herbie's number

  2. Cute. No electric version, though.

    I have to admit, though, that the littlest Fiat I've ever driven was an 850 Spider, and I didn't realize that the bubble-500s were TWO cylinders. Sheesh.

  3. Well it would be easier to store than three turbo Bentleys...

  4. I don't think I have ever looked closely at a Fiat 500 engine before. Initially I thought that housing on the left side of the photo might be a supercharger (Laisser les bons temps souffler - let the good times blow!). But on closer inspection, I realize that it is the housing for the cooling fan (these being air-cooled).

    Looks like strong money, but the whole classic car market seems to have gone nuts.

    Anyway, at one point 15 or 20 years ago, it was revealed that several Formula 1 drivers owned Fiat 500s. They all said they were just plain fun to drive. Good enough for me.

    For a different take on a Fiat 500, check here:

  5. That engine has enough juice to power not one but four dentist's lights? Wow!


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