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Lot 2130
1959 Fiat 600 'Sliding Roof' Coupe
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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CHASSIS NO: 610463

• Freshly finished with all new paint and interior
• Desirable 600 Coupe with factory sliding roof
• Guaranteed high-return on smiles-per-gallon
• Surprising room in a desirable classic microcar


633cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, 30 HP at 4,500 RPM, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 78”


Italy needed a small, efficient, and affordable car for the masses after World War II, and the Fiat 500, and later the 600, certainly fit the bill. Patterned after the Volkswagen Beetle and the Citroen 4CV, it was easy to produce and able to transport four easily and six with difficulty. The 600 Coupe soon became their most popular model, after being introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955 and, eventually, nearly 2.7 million examples were produced. With the engine behind the rear seats driving the rear wheels, it was simple to build, own, and maintain. They are credited with putting the entire Italian nation on wheels, much the way Volkswagen did for Germany in the ‘50s, and Henry Ford did for the U.S. in 1908 with the Model T.

The beautiful 600 Coupe offered here is a fresh cosmetically restored example. It sports the desirable sliding fabric roof in great condition, and new interior, chrome and trim. The unique reverse-opening doors fit well, and it’s obvious this car was restored by a skilled craftsman. It features five new radial tires mounted on factory rims with the factory hubcaps, and the entire car presents accurately and is ready to be shown or simply cruised around town.

Step inside and the first thing you’ll notice is the new tan and cream upholstery and door panels, making for a clean and accurate – and surprisingly plush - interior. The singular gauge cluster, all of the trim bits, and the plush carpets are presented quite nicely, including the front trunk area. It’s an amazingly roomy small car, a testament to the innovative designers at Fiat. Pop the rear hood, and you’ll enjoy showing off a clean and very correct engine bay, and the four-cylinder starts easily and runs out with authority. The desirable 600 boasts just a little extra power that gives the zippy feel you crave in a microcar. It’s simply a fun car and one that always turns heads and gets a ton of attention whenever it is being enjoyed.

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