1967 Fiat 850 Bertone Spider Convertible
(Featured on 20th March 2011)
Registration: PHJ 114E
Sellers original description:
First Introduced at the 1965 Geneva Salon, the Fiat 850 Spider was designed and built by the legendry Bertone. His design featured smooth, essential lines and simple yet elegant details. One of these details were the laying back headlamps to follow the lines of the wings, the same design used in his development of the Lamborghini Miura in the same year.
As new original black vinyl upholstery, wooden dash and immaculate unmarked black carpets and linings. The folding roof section is made of fabric and is neatly stowed away under a rear flap that follows the lines of the car, thus eliminating the need for any tonneau cover.
Finished in Original Verde Inglese (English Green) Fiat code: 384. This little Fiat was subject to a complete nut-bolt restoration, at no expense spared a mere 5000kms ago. All replacement parts being NOS where needed. On one of its first outings, the car was awarded with an RAC Concours class winner 2001 what more can we say to get across how stunning this car really is.
Unmarked original refurbished wheels including the original spare supplied with the car from new and original jack lifting gear/tools.
Fitted with the improved 903cc engine its 4-speed gearbox pulls hard and smooth through each gear, staring first time regardless of temperature. Another unique design feature was that the engine ran counterclockwise, unlike the other engines in production at that time.
1967 Fiat 850 Bertone Spider – Series 1
68,500 documented kms
Extremely Rare early model, complete with laying Carello headlights
Sharing the same rear-engined, rear-wheel drive floorpan layout as the 850 saloon, the diminutive convertible was equipped with all-round independent suspension, sector steering and disc/drum brakes.
Specially tuned, the Spider's 843cc OHV four-cylinder engine developed some 49bhp and 43lbft of torque. Allied to four-speed manual transmission, it reputedly endowed the two-seater with a 90mph top speed. Weighing just 725kg, the drop-top Fiat made up in agility and roadholding what it lost in performance, while most period testers found it surprisingly economical. This car is fitted with the larger 903cc engine used in the later Mark 2 cars which develops an extra 3bhp.
Used only on sunny weekends, this gorgeous 850 Bertone Spider is Finished in Original 'Verde Inglese', colour code: 384 (English Green), one of only four unique colours available only for the spider production.
This little 850 also has a wonderful history folder that includes:
Past Fiat Specialist bills/receipts
Numerous MOT's to support its low mileage.
Original dealership/purchase paraphernalia from Fiat,
Owners Handbook and Service manual.
To say this is the best Fiat 850 Spider around today is probably an understatement. In fact I challenge anyone to even find another example. They are becoming an extremely rare car, with records indicating that only 14 exist on the roads in Europe today.
The little car simply oozes unique style with simplicity. In excellent condition throughout it is a joy to drive or simply stand back and admire.
If someone is looking for an ever-appreciating classic/Fiat then look no further !