Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Mileage 
    24 738 km / 15 372 mi
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    . 2212545
  • Lot number 
    104
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    White
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

In 1954, Fiat's managing director, Vittorio Valletta, commissioned Giacosa to create a super-utilitarian in conjunction with the launch of the '600'. The car was meant for the working class, who wanted to show their desire for renewal despite their few economic means Thus, he created a micro-car with shapes inspired by those of the famous Beetle with an engine of 13 horsepower and 85km/h speed. Thanks to its rounded shapes, its balanced and compact volumes and its low cost, it soon became an icon that lasted over time.
In August 1968, a new version of the 500 was presented, called L (luxury). It was meant to meet the public's request to stand out from the crowd of 500, with useful accessories. The bodywork was the same as that of the F model, which had been completely modified to reverse the opening of the doors. The frontal frieze was now made in a single piece of plastic with a modern rectangular FIAT coat of arms on a red background and chromed edge. Chrome-plated reinforcing tubes were introduced on the bumpers to improve protection in car parks and city traffic. To make its appearance more elegant, chrome-plated steel frames were inserted on the windscreen, rear window and side drips. The tyres became radial to improve cornering behaviour and their cups became less curved and more squared. The tank was a cylinder and had a capacity of 22 litres. In the interior, plastic was largely used to cover the dashboard, to create a central tunnel, with a comfortable tray, in front of the gear lever, to insert pockets in the doors that made the handles useless for closing. The upholstery was in fake leather in solid colour with longitudinal bands for the seats and vertical bands for the door panels. The steering wheel had a lightened spokes and black crown, with the FIAT logo on the horn button. The floor was carpeted.
This Fiat 500L, in its original White colour and its original black imitation leather interior is intact as time goes by. The car has been stored in a garage and hasn’t been used for many years. The car was repainted about 10 years ago keeping its original colour. Its interior is preserved and there is only a hint of rust on the front seat frames and steering wheel spokes. The car is not running and needs a complete but not deep restoration. The great value of this particular 500 L model lies in the fact that it had only two owners in 51 years, and that the car still has its original documents of the time and its original Italian plates.