Fiat - Dino Coupè 2.0 - NO RESERVE - 1968
In the years that followed World War II, it became obvious to Fiat management that the future lay in a small car, cheap to manufacture and cheap to buy. Chief technical designer Dante Giacosa set about finding a replacement for the 500 Topolino: Project "100".
Much development and testing resulted in a shape enclosing four people with a minimum of sheet metal, powered by a simple, reliable four-cylinder engine mounted at the rear for cost reasons. The resulting Fiat 600 was one of the great success stories of the twentieth century, with some 2.7 million cars produced.
The mixed-use station wagon, called 600 Multipla, was introduced a year later, in 1956. The idea was to multiply the serviceability of the 600 for both family motoring and business use.
The multi-place seating was very flexible through a combination of folding seats.
Three versions were available:
* The 4/5 seater had bench seats front and rear that folded to make a bed.
* The 6-seater had a front bench and four individual seats that folded completely flat into the floor to make a roomy load platform.
* The Taxi version had a single seat and luggage platform in front, separate folding seats in the middle, and a bench seat in back, together with a division.
Differences from the sedan included, besides the bodywork, an auxiliary radiator up front, wishbone front suspension, different gear ratios, worm and roller steering, slightly larger fuel tank, and interior lamps.
THE CAR IN AUCTION
This beautiful Fiat 600 Multipla has undergone complete thorough restoration in all its parts. The car had spent most of its life in sunny Sicily, where it was bought from its previous owner and sent to mainland to get completely renewed. Since the end of the process it has basically never really been used, so it is like a perfectly new car from 1963!
The car was treated to a two-year professional restoration (completed in 2017) in Italy by Italian craftsmen, including virtually all cosmetic and mechanical aspects of the car.
During the restoration the car was completely dismantled and stripped to bare metal, and then beautifully refinished in a correct period baby blue and white, over tan upholstery. Throughout new rubber seals were fitted and the exterior trim was re-chromed.
Also Mechanically it has been completely restored in any single part using the best materials, parts and crafts. Thus it got a new brake system, rebuilt suspension, engine, transmission, and clutch were installed.
The six-passenger cabin features a front bench and two rows of single seats trimmed in tan upholstery and white piping. Metal surfaces are finished in body color, and additional equipment includes lap belts, rubber mats, sun visors, and door pockets. The rear compartment features four single seats that can be folded for increased cargo space.
A white two-spoke steering wheel frames a 70-mph speedometer and auxiliary gauges. The five-digit odometer shows 0000 miles and the true mileage is unknown.
The car was dismissed for export outside EU, but then, since the end of the restoration it has been safely stored in a proper garage and tested regularly, but not used.
Cancellation for export papers
Visibile in Pescara, Italy.