This is one ruggedly-beautiful wagon, or estate. It’s a 1962 Fiat 1800B Familiare and it’s on eBay with a current bid price of £806 ($1,008). It’s located in Haverhill, United Kingdom, about 70 miles northeast of London. Thanks to Dik S. for submitting this elegant estate.
I think that this is one gorgeous, crisp, handsome, stately estate/wagon. The story on this one is that it “was owned by a old boy who parked it in a shed after he got too old to drive over 20 years ago! It was started regularly so that nothing seized until he passed away just over 5 years ago, it was then moved out of the garage and left under an old cover where it was forgotten about and left to die.” It sure looks solid for being: A) a UK car, B) a UK car, C) a UK car (you get my drift). It’s like finding a car this old in the Midwest US, they usually aren’t this solid due to rust issues.
I recently looked at a 1965 Trabant 601 Universal (wagon) and, for some odd reason, this rear 3/4 angle reminds me of that car. I know, there isn’t a lot of resemblance other than the subtle rear fins, but that’s all it takes for me to love this car. The Fiat 1800 was available in a four-door sedan and a five-door wagon, or familiare and they were made from 1959 to 1968. I think that this is one of Fiat’s most elegant designs. The seller says that this car will need “some work on the sills, and there is rust around the rear valence area and rear of the boot area, and some around the the front valence area, and the floors and chassis all seem good and solid.”
A black car with a red interior? I’m in! Unfortunately, it was originally a white car and it was repainted black years ago. You can see that it wasn’t the best paint work from looking at the door jams and some other areas. The seats, front and rear, look great. The rear compartment also looks good and should have more than enough room to stow your kids’ sports gear, and wouldn’t it be fun to drop them off at practice in this Fiat rather than the usual, boooooring SUV? I think so.
This is Fiat’s 1.8L inline-six with around 80 hp. The seller mentions that when they got the car it had been sitting for a few years and they “put a battery on it to see what occured and everything seemed to come back to life. I then put a pipe on the petrol pump and into a can of petrol and a drop petrol down the card and turned the key! The engine started and ran fine, I let it run for a couple of minutes and it purred like a kitten it could barely be heard running, and when revved it sounds beautiful. I noticed there was a small leak of petrol from the petrol pump on the side of the engine” so they turned it off. The brakes will need to be redone and the clutch slave cylinder needs a new hose, and, and, and… But, once you’re done, you will never see another one parked next to you. Have any of you owned a Fiat like this one? Can this one be saved?