633cc OHV Inline 4-cylinder engine
Single Weber Carburetor
Approximately 30bhp at 4,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum brakes
*Beautifully presented example of FIAT's iconic two-door
*One of the most elegant 600s extant
*Guaranteed to return lots of smiles-per-gallon
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In 1955 FIAT replaced its revolutionary Topolino small saloon, which had been around in one form or another since 1936, introducing the successor '600' model at that year's Geneva Salon. Historically significant as the first rear-engined FIAT, the 600 was a masterpiece of automotive packaging, cramming accommodation for four into the same 2,000mm wheelbase as the outgoing two-seater Topolino, which it undercut on price. The integral chassis/body featured independent suspension all round, while the 633cc water-cooled four-cylinder overhead-valve engine produced 22bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 100km/h. The most significant upgrade to this outstandingly successful design occurred in 1960 with the introduction of the 600D, which featured a 767cc engine, altered gearing and greatly improved performance. Although conceived as basic transport for the masses, the 600 would prove to be extremely capable on the racetrack, where examples modified by Carlo Abarth regularly turned in giant-killing performances, dominating their class and humbling larger-engined rivals.
This Fiat 600 was imported to the United States by the second owner in the 1970s. The current owner acquired the car in 2016 and soon sent it to Zinger Customs in Kendallville, Indiana for a restoration. Photos of the work completed show the car being brought to the condition in which it is presented today. Finished it what are believed to be the original colors, it is unmodified save for the addition of an electric fuel pump, a slightly dressier interior, and a checker flag decal on the roof.
Previously shown at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, it is a fine machine for the whole family that is fun and economical to enjoy—even if gas prices continue to rise.