633cc OHV Inline Four Cylinder Engine
28.5bhp at 4,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Coil-Spring Front and Trailing Coil-Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Restored in Italy
*Fitted with a Nardi steering wheel and Abarth wheels
*Gets excellent gas mileage
*Excellent smiles to dollar ratio
THE FIAT 600
In 1955 FIAT replaced its revolutionary Topolino small saloon, which had been around in one form or another since 1936, by introducing the successor '600' model at that year's Geneva Salon. Historically significant as the first rear-engined FIAT, the 600 was a masterpiece of automotive packaging, cramming accommodation for four into the same 2,000mm wheelbase as the outgoing two-seater Topolino, which it undercut on price. The integral chassis/body featured independent suspension all round, while the 633cc water-cooled four-cylinder overhead-valve engine produced 22bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 100km/h. The most significant upgrade to this outstandingly successful design occurred in 1960 with the introduction of the 600D, which featured a 767cc engine, altered gearing and greatly improved performance. Although conceived as basic transport for the masses, the 600 would prove to be extremely capable on the racetrack, where examples modified by Carlo Abarth regularly turned in giant-killing performances, dominating their class and humbling larger-engined rivals.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This charismatic FIAT Saloon arrived on these shores about four years ago from its home country of Italy. Prior to coming stateside, it was restored in its homeland to its current condition and finished in the elegant color scheme of white over tan upholstery. Mostly stock, two fitting cosmetic additions are that of a Nardi steering wheel and a set of Abarth wheels.
Beautifully restored inside and out, this little FIAT presents beautifully. Close examination reveals a car that has always been cared for and not neglected.
Undeniably a happy and entertaining weekend ride!