this 1998 fiat barchetta is a charming lightweight italian sports car, presented in sound mechanical and cosmetic condition. It is powered by a lively 129bhp 1.7-litre twin-cam four-cylinder engine, driven through the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Its odometer indicates 97,140km (60,359 miles) from new.
around 1,500 examples of the barchetta are believed to have been sold in the uk, and less than a third of that number are understood to still be on the road today. This particular example is rarer still for having been converted to right-hand drive. It is believed to be one of only a few cars that had the steering swap completed in period by sports car dealer bell and colvill in surrey, after it was imported new to the uk and first registered in june 1998.
its bodywork is reported to be straight and solid, and the giallo ginestra paintwork is in very good order.
all of the panel shuts are in good order, as are the rubber seals and other trim around the bodywork. At the rear, a genuine fiat luggage rack has been fitted. The driver can choose from having the soft top up or down, or fitting the optional hardtop that comes with the car instead. When drive. In roadster guise, there is also a wind deflector that can be fitted.
the interior is completely original, save for a contemporary sony stereo head unit and cd player. It was specified with the comfort pack when new, which means it features full leather trim as well as electric door mirrors. The upholstery remains in superb condition, with no damage and only slight wear from use.
in 2018, the car received a major service as well as a new exhaust. The camshaft variator, which is a known weak spot on the barchetta, was replaced just a few hundred miles ago.
the most recent mot test was in september 2017 at 97,119km (60,346 miles), which resulted in a pass with only one advisory regarding limited reserve travel in the handbrake.
in the october 1995 issue of car magazine, a right-hand drive fiat barchetta featured in a group test pitted against the then brand-new mgf, as well as the mazda mx-5 and alfa romeo spider. All of the testers agreed that the little fiat was ultimately the most appealing ownership prospect. Associate editor at the time, richard bremner concluded: “i know i'd buy a barchetta before the others. There are so many pleasures to be had from it - just looking at those details, and enjoying its verve even at low speeds”.
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this fiat barchetta is well-engineered sports car that is a delight to drive. Its italian flair never fails to win over newcomers to the model, whether experiencing it from behind the wheel or watching it drive past. It is a collectable modern classic that remains a rare sight on uk roads, and the right-hand drive conversion means this is an opportunity not to be missed.
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