Little Woodie: ’49 Fiat Giardiniera
After World War II, the Fiat 500B was given an overhead valve engine, and the more modern front end that adorned the 1949’s 500C models. The 500C was available as a two-door coupe as well as a coupe with a full sunroof called the ‘cabriolet’ and a three-door station wagon. The first wagon, a 500B, was called the ‘Giardiniera’ and was a traditional Woodie. The “Giardiniera” station wagon featured the standard engine laid on its side, the wheelbase lengthened by 4″ to provide a more convenient rear seat, a full-length sunroof, and larger brakes from the Fiat 600. These cars had water-cooled, side-valve, inline-four engines displacing a mighty 569 cubic centimeters. Of course, it was mounted in the front of the car, driving the rear wheels. We think the Giardiniera was replaced by the Belvedere which looked the same yet it had an all steel body. A Belvedere wagon sold at a Goodings auction in 2011 for $45,000. Today’s featured car is a real shocker. It appears to be in original condition. The interior certainly looks it and since it is a rather delicate material, it is amazing it has survived. The tires are original to the car as is the paint. The listing claims it is the lowest mileage most original example in the US. Who can argue with that. Not sure eBay is the best venue for this one. We think you need an audience at a live auction to stoke the flames. If you want it, better start a dialogue with them during the auction. Click here for the listing.