1965 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet (LHD)

Highlights


• Charming original feel throughout
• Sympathetically restored to maintain originality
• Drives extremely well without fault
• Original Italian car, imported to the UK from new

THE BACKGROUND


As the 1960s began, Fiat needed a sports car to compete on the American market. The Fiat 1500 and 1600 Spiders from 1959 to 1966 brought together two icons of Italian design and manufacture, Fiat and Carrozzeria Pininfarina, which produced excellent results.

Carrozzeria Pininfarina assembled the 1500 versions through the model run, but the cars were always badged as Fiats. To design Fiat’s new 1500 Cabriolet, Pininfarina borrowed from their Ferrari 250 GT California Spider portfolio. 

The result was a beautiful car with no wasted lines, delivering a spacious interior, large boot and a top that could be raised or lowered in seconds.

THE HISTORY


This particular Fiat 1500 was sold new in the UK, as a left-hand drive car, it looks to have had only 3 owners to date, the first lady owner having it shipped to the UK initially enjoying it as a daily drive.

Always cared for, she kept the car from new until August 2003 when an enthusiast owner used, cherished, maintained and improved the car before the current owner, a collector purchased it in 2010, the car seeing very little use over the last 11 years whilst in his collection.

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THE PAPERWORK


The paperwork supports the story of the condition of the car. Numerous bills are present with some old MOTs as well as the current V5C, older V5’s, and a rather useful workshop manual in English.

Additionally, hand-written notes outline some of the maintenance and restorative work undertaken.

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THE INTERIOR


The 1500 Cabriolet offers a stunning interior with a padded dash and a myriad of elegant instrument and switchgear. The beautiful full leather seats with adjustable rake were provided to accommodate a six-foot-plus tall driver. 

The upmarket styling, combined with a standard equipment list that included roll-up windows, locking steering column, interior day-and-night mirror, side mirror, clock, cigarette lighter, electric wipers, windshield washers, courtesy lights and a passenger-assist grip, ensured the 1500 Cabriolet was marketed as an extremely well-appointed sports car.

The interior of this example is in fabulous condition with some signs of age-related patina, including the seats and carpet which were re-trimmed by the previous owner. The door cards and dashboard are in excellent condition, with no signs of sun damage or warping. The chrome trims around the cabin look to be the originals, and present with minor signs of patina. 

The folding soft top was also replaced as new by the previous owner, and as expected has no tears, rips or cracks in the plastic windows.

THE EXTERIOR 


The exterior shape and design of this gorgeous little Italian is just as charming as you could hope for.

The paintwork from its 2014 respray is still looks fresh and compliments the Pininfarina lines perfectly.

The brightwork of the grille, headlights, wheels and various pieces of exterior chrome, work wonderfully with the timeless period white and all present in great condition, with light signs of age-related patina. The glass of the windscreen and lights also present in a nice clear condition.

The over package is a very pretty offering, in its ivory white scheme with contrasting burgundy interior and matching mohair hood, which is a very simple manual operation. All four tyres look to be in good condition with plenty of remaining tread.

THE MECHANICS 


Powered by the proven front mounted 75hp 1,500cc engine, it drives the rear wheels via 4-speed manual transmission and features front disc brakes and alloy rear drums giving effortless performance for its era, sufficient for modern day touring.

The Fiat has recently been treated to some light mechanical recommissioning through May 2021 ahead of the sale, which include a full service and check-over, replacement brake master cylinder, various minor electrical repairs, replacement top hose, a fully rust proofed underside at a cost of £859 with supporting invoices on file along with submission for an MOT although exempt, which it passed without advisory. In addition, older invoices on file show the car was treated to a full repaint in 2014, costing just shy of £3500.

The engine, its associated ancillaries and mechanicals all match up to the outward appearance of the car, which in general presents as a well-maintained car in strong mechanical condition. It starts promptly without hesitation and has no concerning sights or sounds when on the move, coming to a stop or shutting off the engine.

THE APPEAL


This striking little Italian is a fine-looking example, with a perfect combination of its ivory white exterior and deep red leather interior. 

An ideal weekend car, with top-down driving to be enjoyed throughout the summer or on clear crisp winter days. With those stunning Pininfarina lines and the raspy 1500 engine, this is a fabulous 1960s convertible, just begging to hit the road.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2021
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 1500
  • Colour
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size
  • Location NOT STATED
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
33 bids
  • christo•••• £18,500 30/11/21
  • bob-ile•••• £18,000 30/11/21
  • christo•••• £17,750 30/11/21
  • bob-ile•••• £17,250 30/11/21
  • christo•••• £17,000 30/11/21
  • bob-ile•••• £16,500 30/11/21
  • christo•••• £16,000 30/11/21
  • octavia•••• £15,100 30/11/21
  • Lmbox £13,000 30/11/21
  • jubbie6•••• £12,000 30/11/21

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