1937 FIAT TOPOLINO Registration Number: TBA Chassis Number:...






Registration Number: TBA
Chassis Number: 516289
Recorded Mileage: 46,700 kilometres

- In current ownership for over 25 years

Better equipped than many cars twice its size, the FIAT 500, soon nicknamed ‘Topolino’ (Little Mouse), brought a degree of refinement hitherto unknown to small cars when launched in 1936. Lockheed hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension and 12-volt electrics were all features while an engine mounted ahead of the front axle helped maximise cabin space for the two occupants. The 569cc, four-cylinder, sidevalve motor produced a modest 13bhp, but as the Topolino weighed little more than half a ton, it could nevertheless manage a respectable 50mph-plus under favourable conditions. For most buyers though, the frugal (up-to-50mpg) fuel consumption would have been the major attraction. Nearly 520,000 were sold in total before its replacement (the ‘Cinquecento’) was introduced in 1957.

This pretty example was first delivered in June 1937, and since the late 1990s joining an important British-based classic car collection, sitting alongside a number of classic Fiats and other exotic machinery. The Fiat was brought into the UK a number of years ago but has only been used on private roads, and as yet not road registered. Having been dry stored in recent times, the Fiat will require recommissioning and UK registration before being pressed into regular use once more. 

The Topolino is finished in an attractive shade of burgundy with black wings, contrasting tan trim, and is complete with original tools. A charming little motor car, which we are sure will provide many hours of fun and enjoyment in the coming summer months, this delightful ‘Little Mouse’ will be sold on a bill of sale with a Fiat Classiche Certificato Di Origine.

Auction Date: 13th Apr 2024 at 2pm

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Sale Dates:
13th Apr 2024 2pm (Lots 1 to 45)