1965 Fiat 1500


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    67 000 km / 41 632 mi
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To book an appointment to view this car please contact Arwel Richards on 07434 960868 to agree on a suitable date and for location details.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions will be given when making your appointment.A delightful example of thePininfarina-styled Fiat 1500 Cabriolet,rarely seen in the UKUK-supplied and registered to the first of just three owners on the 15/03/1965Owned for 38 years initially and bought directly from the second owner by our vendor in 2011Over the years the car has been re-trimmed and the body was restored and repainted in 2014A Very attractive little Fiat that requiressome light fettling and detailingBased on the new 80hp engine the Fiat 1500 Cabriolet was a conventional sports car with its engine laid out longitudinally, driving the rear wheels with disc brakes on the front axle. The standard Fiat 1500 was a mid-market saloon car, but the Coupand Cabriolet variants were treated to elegant Pininfarina-designed coachwork. The fully-trimmed cabin featured roll-up windows, courtesy lights, finely detailed instrumentation, adjustable bucket seats, a locking steering column, clock, cigarette lighter and gave the little Fiat a distinctly upmarket feel.This lovely example was delivered new in the UK and first registered on 15thMarch 1965 to a Mrs Louise Doran who owned ituntil 2003. During the later years ofMrs Dorans ownership, the car was laid up in hibernation in her garage until a Mr James Smyth discovered it, subsequentlybuying it directly from Mrs Doran. Mr Smyth retrimmed the interior in dark red leather and fitted a new hood. The Smyths used the car for continental touring and found the petrol tank to be inadequate on long runs so fitted a small LPG tank in the boot whichof course, can be easily removed.In 2011,our vendor purchasedthe Fiatdirectly from Mr Smyth, making this a true three-owner car. This washis first foray into classic car ownership and, presumably, it wasan enjoyable experience as his current collection numbers around thirty. In 2014, our vendor retained the services of The Paint Shop Pros of Milton Keynes to strip, fit new panels, repair rust issues usingbronze brazingand a full repaint in white at a total cost of 3,410. We understandthat the car requires some fettling in relation to some of the gauges and dashboard lights with further attention required to the brakes which may benefit from stripping and reassembly.With a busy property development business, an increased interest in motor racing, and a substantial car collection ourvendor has regretfully offered this delightful little Cabrioletto auction. The odometer was reading some 67,000 miles at the time of cataloguing and the car is accompanied bya set of chrome hubcaps, a box of various spares and parts, and its history file containing the aforementioned invoice and older MOTs etc.Well balanced and very pretty, these Pininfarina-designed, mid-sixties Cabriolets are becoming harder to find and will continue to be sought after for the foreseeable future.