1970 Fiat 500 L - £8,995

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This is a 1970 Fiat 500 L finished in Bianco Freddo (Cold White) with black interior. The clock shows 3,000 miles but we believe 103,000 miles is more accurate given the cars age.

This Fiat 500L is a very usable example of the charming city car, benefiting from a more powerful engine but otherwise remaining highly original. Originally featuring a 499cc two-cylinder air-cooled engine, it has been upgraded to a 650cc motor from a Fiat 126, coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox. The previous owner acquired the car in 1996 and has kept it well maintained for the last 26 years. It is correctly registered in the Historic vehicle class, so is exempt from mandatory MOT testing and road tax.

Finished in a classic combination of Brilliant White over a black interior, it rides on 12-inch steel wheels. Subtle ‘Tricolore’ inspired coach lines are present along the waistlines. It appears to retain all of the correct badging, and there are chromed front and rear bumpers. There is also a folding canvas roof panel to provide plenty of fresh air on the move. The engine, running gear and brakes were all upgraded with items from a Fiat 125 by a previous owner. Inside, the seat facings have been re-upholstered in black velour cloth. Accompanying the car is an extensive history file containing a raft of paperwork from the previous owners 26-year ownership.

There is no known significant bodywork damage, though there are a few dings and dimples in the panels as shown. The Brilliant White paintwork is in generally good condition, and benefits from prior refurbishment. In the cabin, the black velour cloth is in great shape, with no obvious damage and only very minor wear since it was re-trimmed. The most recent MOT test was carried out in Northern Ireland on 25 January 2018, and there were reportedly no advisories recorded. In January 2018, the car received a full service, as well as an overhaul of the carburettor and the fuel system. The carburettor also had some attention in November 2017, and another service was carried out in May 2015.

Combining mechanical simplicity and timeless Italian style, this Fiat 500L is a smart example of a beloved classic, which benefits from a more powerful engine and prior refurbishment of the paintwork and interior trim. It is offered from 26-year ownership by the previous owner, and is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner on weekend jaunts or even as a quirky and entertaining daily driver.