We featured a really sweet, original owner, low miles X/19 (actually a Bertone), early in 2013 It turned out to be one of our most popular listings. It still gets hits even though it was sold almost instantly to new owners in California (they flew in to Detroit and drove it home). Today’s X1/9 as about the same amount of miles as our earlier listing at a remarkable 23,000 miles. This one is in yellow with some unfortunate decals that hopefully can be removed without incident. The interior suffered some splits in the original vinyl and the covers were upgraded to leather. The originals are included. Read More
Carlo Abarth devoted himself entirely to building up the ‘Scorpion’ legend. The Scorpion was the brand for his tuning company that took cute little Fiat mini cars and made them into tigers on the racing circuit. The most valuable of his little marvels were built by Zagato sporting flowing aluminum bodies with unique bulging roofs.
What it could end up looking like…
Kids just love them today. They are so cute. Today’s find is a real project on a Fiat Abarth 600 sedan or “Berlina”. Abarth produced a myriad of options for enthusiasts with their range of conversion boxes (cassetta di trasformazione) containing all the parts necessary to convert a standard Fiat. The kits were expensive, almost half the price of the car, but included everything necessary: crankshaft, camshaft, pistons, piston rings, intake and exhaust manifolds, valves, radiator, gaskets, carburetor, exhaust, filters, pipework, belts, tools, oil, chrome badges and instructions. Read More
The listing tells us that the little mouse would be eligible for the Mille Miglia. We think that was true back in the early days of the new Mille but we believe the rules have changed and it must be a veteran of the original race. That doesn’t mean this one isn’t an amazing survivor. It is in wonderful condition sporting mostly original paint and interior. It has a jack and tools, a new set of proper period correct tires, an original owners manual, and directional semaphores or more accurately called trafficators. Read More
As we approach Mint2Me’s first anniversary, we took a look at some statistics provided by our website host, WordPress. We had some surprising news. Out of the 1,165 cars we featured during our first year (actually 11 months), the Fiat X1/9 was our most popular featured car (by page views). The Fiat was submitted to us from David Scheinberg, the original owner and careful caretaker of this little Italian jewel. The Fiat sold within days although the transaction took a little longer to complete as most long distance transactions do. But everyone is happy and if I remember correctly, the seller flew in to Michigan flew in and drove it home to California.
When launched in 1972, the Fiat X1/9 was the first affordable mid-engine sports car, and was immediately dubbed the “Baby Ferrari”. Those early cars were powered by a 1.3-liter SOHC four putting out about 63 hp in U.S. trim, running through a 4-speed gearbox. This particular example is at the other end of the X1/9’s historical arc – 1987 was the final model-year during which X1/9s (badged “Bertone” from 1982 through the end of the run) were imported to the U.S.
Compared with the early models, the ’87 is more powerful (displacement up to 1.5-liters, and output to 75 hp), more relaxed and fuel efficient on the highway (5-speed gearbox; 32+ mpg on regular fuel), more modern and reliable (Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection; well-sorted electrical system), and more durable (improved corrosion resistance). Read More
Okay, these were really popular little sports cars back in the day but when was the last time you saw one in the flesh? Here comes the wise guys with remarks like, “there’s an entire class for 850s at Concorso in Monterey.” Well we know there isn’t so there. These are really cute little cars that are pretty lively performers. The seller tells us this is a California car and the body is in great shape. All of the Spiders we remember were finished in bright colors so this yellow one is just right. Read More
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. Read More
Fiat decided to end their support of both the 124 Fiat Spider and the X1/9 here in the US. Well, they actually abandoned the market all together eventually. They handed off the production of the 124 Spider to Pininfarina and they renamed it the Azzura or Spider Europa across the pond. The X1/9 was handed off to Bertone too. Read More
You are probably asking why is a Fiat 131 considered rare when Fiat built hundreds of thousands of them? Well, we hate to say this but they were built to return to the earth faster than a recyclable garbage bag. We know this for a fact because someone on our staff actually sold these new at a dealership in Brooklyn, New York. He has memories of unhappy customers returning with disintegrating interior components not long after they drove it home from the dealership. Read More
Everything sounds better in Italian don’t you think? Grigio Medio sounds so much better than gray. We really like these Fiat Spiders. You don’t see many people lavishing a lot of love on them so it is really nice to see one kept as it was when it was new. The seller says someone spent $14,000 to get it this way and it looks it. Read More
Readers, you can help a few of us out with this one. Look at this pretty nice Fiat 124. It has low miles for ’69, she says it is a 4-speed (but it is a 5-speed) and from the photos it looks like something one would consider. There are no exact production figures but some say the number of all Fiat 124 Coupes and Spiders produced exceed 150,000. The design by Pininfarina is very handsome and the Lampredi designed engine, at around 1500cc is pretty sweet. Read More
Frequent readers will know that we like Tribute car builds. If you can accomplish almost the same experience by building a car that performs and looks like the real thing, why not? Just don’t try to pawn it off on someone as the real deal. Tributes are somewhat different from Replicas. At least they are to us. A Replica is like a Volkswagen chassis with a fiberglass body. Ditto for Cobras. A recreation is a bit more rarefied than both. To us, a recreation is building a car to the exact specifications as the original and pretty much starting from scratch. No hard fast rules for any of these interpretations. Today’s neat Fiat Coupe is a Tribute to a Fiat Abarth 1300. Read More
The Milan based Bianchi Company produced vehicles for 56 years that included large and small cars, motorcycles, tanks, and trucks. In 1955 it merged with Pirelli and Fiat to become Autobianchi SpA and produced Fiat 500-based cars. They were basically an in-house custom body builder used by Fiat to compete with the numerous aftermarket kit suppliers. In September of 1957, they introduced their Bianchina Transformabile. The Transformabile featured fixed B-pillar and partial roof, as the rest of the opening was covered with foldable fabric hood. The Transformabile was the only version to feature suicide doors. Read More
The Vignale Gamine is a small, Fiat powered car produced by Carozzeria Vignale from 1967 to 1971. Specifically, the Gamine was based on the Fiat Nuova 500. Unlike the 500, however, the Gamine was a 2-seater roadster. Styling was by Alfredo Vignale although many people thought the Gamine is related in design to the Fiat 508 Balila. It was powered by a 2-cylinder, air-cooled engine of 500 cc producing 21.2 hp with a top speed of 60 mph. The Gamine was Alfredo Vignale’s baby project, but while the design was fairly cute, the performance was lackluster. The high price plus mediocre handling meant that the Gamine never sold very well. In fact, the slow sales drove Carrozzeria Vignale out of business, forcing Alfredo Vignale to sell his production line to De Tomaso. Read More
If you are a frequent reader, you might remember that our ’67 Mercedes Benz-230S competed in a Concours event here at our home track, Lime Rock Park. It was during the Historic Festival of Speed on Labor Day. Read More
No sour grapes, just stating a fact. A Fiat 1100 Station Wagon won our class at the Sunday in the Park Concours at Lime Rock this past weekend. It was very well done and had a nice 1-family history. And it was very cute. It deserved to win and we are sure the judge had a difficult time making the call. We came across this later model Fiat 1100D sedan and felt pretty much the same way. If you want to win your class at a Concours, make sure it is well done and cute. Read More