Buying someone else's unfinished project can always be risky, but sometimes you can pick up a super rare car on the cheap. This 1970 Fiat 850 Sport Racer is extremely rare, but is in need of completion. The seller started restoring it, but health problems are keeping them from finishing it. Their asking price may keep this one from being a budget project at $5,000, but hopefully they have set their reserve lower than that. It's located in Sierra Madre, California and can be found here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for sharing this one with us.
The 850 came in a variety of body styles, but the Racer by Bertone was the sportiest model. Besides having a fixed roof, the Racer came with a 903 cc straight four rated at 58 hp. The seller pulled the motor apart already, but it looks like all the parts are still there. With a few upgrades, this engine could be a hot little motor, especially if it turns out to have the rare 8-port head.
The interior has also been stripped, but they claim they still have all the hard to find parts. The 850 is notorious for its rust issues and while this one has some rust, it is surprisingly solid. From the seller's pictures, it looks like the battery box has suffered the worst from rust, but we would be sure to check all the hard to reach spots for serious cancer.
To prove the reliability and capability of the Racer, Bertone prepared one to compete in the 1969 Monty Carlo Rally. While it didn't win any awards, it did complete this challenging race. It would be extremely tempting to build this one to match the rally car's specs and looks.
No matter what direction you take this car, it's going to be a big project. What would you do with it? Would you restore it back to original or would you turn it into a Monte Carlo Clone? Or maybe an Abarth 1000 OTR Berlinetta Clone would be more your style?
Monty Carlo Image Courtesy of: Fiat850SpiderBertone.com