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  • Fiat 500 D Trasformabile 1963 (Historic Plate) Blue

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    Fiat 500D ‘Trasformabile’ Classic / 1963 / LHD – ASI Gold Plaque / Sympathetically Restored & Exceptional! £15,495

    This highly desirable & original ‘D’ model (the most sort after & collectable model in the classic Nuova 500 range) has the very rare ‘suicide doors’, a full length convertible sunshine roof - ‘trasformabile’, ‘round speedo’ & been tuned to give the same performance as a later Fiat 500 ‘F’ 499cc motor making it a pleasure to drive in modern traffic conditions - In fact it has it all!

    It’s an original LHD Italian example built on 12th March 1963 & originating from the beautiful town of Belluno in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Located about 100 Kilometres north of Venice.

    This truly exceptional & original matching numbers example has only had 3 owners from new & was manufactured in 1963 at the Fiat factory. It stayed in Northern Italy were it was held in a private collection along with several tractors & 73 other classic Italian cars & motorbikes by the Italian owner who sadly passed away earlier this year. He had owned the car for around 27 years.

    We were fortunate enough to be able to purchase this unique & original example from the owner’s son, it took us a long time to acquire this stunning car, but it was well worth the wait!

    The car came to us in its totally original factory state, showing the correct amount of patina for the year. The car was used on a regular basis by the owner as it was one of his favourite fun cars for club events & shows. It still wears the decals from these events! It is also a well know ACI club car & comes with the gold ACI plaque mounted to the rear engine bay lid.

    We took copious pictures of the vehicle in Italy at the owner’s home, whilst situated with his other classis in his large dry barn.
    Amusingly when we transported it to our workshop, it arrived on a transporter with a couple of Ferraris & other assorted Italian cars, including a period tractor!

    This little chap arrived in its totally factory original state & in unmolested condition, having never been restored, with all original panels & only a bare metal, glass out repaint in 2011 completed to a very high standard in the original colour along with an engine rebuild conducted the same year & a larger exhaust added along with a tuned carb. It even still has the factory tape in the front boot void against the inner bulkhead! One for the Fiat purists here!

    Having only covered a genuine 48,650 miles from new, we were minded to maintain the originality of this example without over restoring it. The structure, floors & shell were found to be in excellent shape once up on our ramps. The owner had sprayed wax oil in the cavities & shuts ect which had preserved the original metal.

    Since being in our possession, we have been meticulous in our further preparation prior to offering this exception example to the market by undertaking the following sympathetic works to enhance the vehicle, without loosing the originality, (which was the reason we wanted this unique example in the first place):

    We removed the original engine & painted the engine bay along with a comprehensive strip down & test of the engine & component’s which were found to be again as new & thus were painted to factory specifications & reassembled with new gaskets & seals along with a full & thorough service. We also removed the petrol tank & gave it a complete flush prior to painting it to factory standards, we also professionally prepared & repainted the boot void as required.

    On reassembling the vehicle we fitted the following quality parts: New long sunroof, sunroof hood clips & correct catches etc, new front & rear bumper sets with associated spacers & bolts etc. Centre console, 4No. alloy hub caps, new engine rubbers, grommets, seals & trims. Engine heat shield pad, number plate holder, engine lid stay back rubber, jack rubbers, spare wheel strap, front boot mat, dash knee roll trim set, water bottle bag, chrome effect windscreen wiper blades, adjusted the steering geometry, new premium Varta battery, supplied a fresh MOT and conducted a multipoint check, replaced the fuel with £25 of new super unleaded, tuned the carbs, set the timing, adjusted & cleaned the brakes & given the cheeky little chap a full service (filters, points, rotor arm, premium coil, carb kit, NGK plugs, oils, fluids etc), just to be sure! Fitted a 500 Key ring, it even has a fitted period luggage rack & period picnic hamper for 2.

    We have also undersealed the vehicle with Wurth spray gun applied quality underseal to protect it going forward for the next 51 years of its life. To complete this masterpiece the vehicles paintwork was flatted back before being machine polished to perfection & fully detailed by our resident detailer.

    With labour, materials & parts we have spent in excess of £3,750 on this unique vehicle (That’s not including the vehicle in the first place & transport!) & have adopted the same attitude to perfection as we take when restoring an £85k+ Pagoda. This must be without doubt the most unique, honest & best 500D’s in the country. The car is on the button & ready to go & show or just enjoy…

    We will UK register it in the new owners name so they can be the first UK registered keeper if required.

    This beautiful example is eminently usable as it has a fully recommissioned engine, it drives like new & as good as it looks!

    The vehicle comes with the Italian log book, Original Italian ACI Certificato Di Proprietra, Fresh current UK MOT, UK NOVA certificate, Specialist parts invoices from Ricambio International Ltd, Copious photos showing car in Italy along with pictures of our works listed above, Club details…

    The car looks factory original (excluding the sports exhaust, which we can change if required, but it does give a welcome few hp!) & is no doubt better than when it left the factory in 1964. It’s probably one of the best unmolested examples in Europe. It has been sympathetically restored by people who know the marquee, is a collector’s opportunity & a superb investment opportunity. Hence this cheeky chappy can now get UK registered, has a fresh MOT & is being offered for sale for the first time on our shores.

    Fiat Celeste Chiaro (461) paintwork with a blue / cream interior, including matching door cards& carpet set, with complementing new tan full length convertible sunshine roof.

    Fresh MOT with NO advisories.

    Free historic road tax.

    Keys on Fiat 500 key ring, original 500D tool kit, correct original 500D jack & spare wheel with tyre.

    Fully refurbished Fiat steel wheels finished in the correct silver shade with the correct new aluminium hub caps & new white wall spats.

    Period boot rack with wicker hamper basket for 2 persons.

    This cheeky chappie is great fun & the best driving 500D we have ever offered. These models are ever increasing in value & are a great investment. Our Fiats come recommended by a leading authority on Fiats & parts specialists – Ricambio International Ltd. I actually have a light blue 1965 500D that makes up part of my own private collection & every body loves it! It always puts a smile on my face, plus you don’t need to worry about the rising petrol prices – Just enjoy!

    We also have other Fiat's & Lancia's currently in stock & arriving from Italy every month, including a 1960 Fiat 600 Mutipla in restored condition & finished in ivory over period correct green. Stunning & appreciating in value – My favourite design icon!

    2 Lancia Fulvia's, series 2, 1973 models, both restored in Italy & in excellent condition, in the most attractive colours of silver & rosso corsa - Arrived & awaiting preperation.

    Also a Fiat 500 D with the full long Trasformabile roof, restored stunning example & attractively finished in period light blue. Priced at £15,495. Also a Fiat 500N fully restored to concours condition & finished in period correct light blue @ £21,995.

    Fiat 595 Abarth (Genuine factory Abarth), 1967 with original Italian blue log book confirming, Stamped body & motor, period white with red 595 Abarth decals, red & white interior, wide body with Abarth racing wheels, restored in Italy by owner 4/5 years ago to concours standard & mint today, exceptional to drive & look at. Must be one of the best on offer, if not the best @ £32,995.

    As we are a Mercedes Pagoda and R107 specialist we are always happy to part exchange one of these type of cars or indeed any classic car of excellent quality, so please don’t miss this most fastidious example of the iconic Fiat 500D. This vehicle is exceptional value, try & find another as original & tax exempt – Please remember ‘you get what you pay for’. Our cars are hand picked by a marquee expert & we turn down 8 or 9 out of every 10 cars offered. The cars we sell, are we believe the best of their type & are here to be viewed & driven in the UK. This takes the gamble out of buying a car direct from Europe sight unseen. Our stock comes fully de-registered from the country of origin with the ACI fee paid, UK MOT’d, test driven, serviced & detailed. Don’t confuse them with other cars on the internet which have had dubious restorations & are offered with a low asking price. We have had 2 clients bring such cars to us recently bought direct from Italy & both were severe MOT failures with a list of faults ranging from no reverse gear to an undercarriage that requires total replacement. You have been warned! There is always a reason why a car is being sold cheaply! Again ‘you get what you pay for’…

    This vehicle is we believe the best in Europe don’t settle and ensure you view this stunning example…

    More photos available upon request, PX always considered.

    Can be viewed at any reasonable time by prior appointment.
    We will always buy back cars we have previously sold…

    Delivery by road, or packed and shipped, or air freight all possible by arrangement at excellent rates, car is ready to drive away today or be delivered to your door…

    We are always keen to purchase Mercedes Benz Pagoda’s (W113) or late 300SL (R107) models, so please give us a call for a friendly chat if you are considering selling, we would love to hear from you. We also hold many parts in stock for the above models & have our own restoration facilities, where we restore these glorious old Mercedes to Stuttgart factory standards.

    Call or text: 07717 472131

    Or email: enquiries@signatureautomobiles.co.uk

    Specification

    • Type -

      Convertible

    • Year -

      1963

    • Basic colour -

      Blue

    • Colour name -

    • Transmission -

      Manual

    • Orientation -

      Left Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Cloth

    • Wheels -

      Steel

    15,495


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