1959 Fiat 600
Year of manufacture1959
Chassis number100 108 065449
1959 FIAT 600 Multipla
Chassis no. 100 108 065449
A concept successfully revived in recent years, the Multipla 'people carrier' first appeared in 1956. Based on the unitary construction 600 saloon, FIAT's first rear-engined car, the uniquely versatile Multipla featured a 'forward control' layout, maximising interior space, and front suspension taken from the 1100 model. The forward control arrangement enabled three rows of seats to be installed in the six-seater version, which, with the rearmost two rows folded flat, provided a useful load-carrying platform of 18 square feet. With just 22bhp available from the 633cc four-cylinder engine, performance was, necessarily, modest, the Multipla's top speed being around 55mph; it was, however, notably frugal, with an average fuel consumption of 42 miles per gallon being claimed. Taxi and 4/5-seater versions were available also.
The performance of both the saloon and the Multipla was considerably improved with the arrival of the 767cc 600D version in 1960. Maximum power went up to 29bhp, which permitted a higher final drive ratio to be used; top speed increased to around 68mph and there was a slight improvement in fuel consumption.
Around 130,000 Multiplas of all types had been made by the time production ceased in 1966 and today these charming and highly practical little vehicles are among the most sought after of all post-war FIATs.
Beautifully finished in two-tone white over blue with matching vinyl interior, this charming Multipla is a rare example of the first series with the most desirable six-seater accommodation, a model that has attracted a cult following. Restored in 2010, the car is described by the vendor as excellent throughout. Accompanying documentation includes the original owner's manual and service book; FIAT dating letter; a selection of restoration photographs; Belgian Carte Grise (historic); and an ASI certificate and other Italian paperwork.