1968 Fiat 500F

Albarella Roadster
€32,200 ($38,862)
Sale Price
€15,000 - €25,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
23 April 2021
Sold Date
107
Lot Number
#4
Unrestored original
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no.1727461, Engine no. AR00502A18795, White over wicker with a tan top, 499-cc twin, 4-speed, hub caps, front-mounted spare wheel.

Evaluation: One of about 20 of these Fiat 500 “Albarella” beach cars built by Carrozzeria Savio near Turin, and has been with the same Italian family since new, kept in their holiday villa on the Adriatic. Never restored, but the soft top is newer and seatbelts were (wisely) added. The car’s condition is as you’d expect from a beach car used for the past 50-plus summers in a row. The underbody is rough and grimy, as is the engine bay. The interior is dirty. Many surfaces are oxidized. But you can’t blame people for using a car for its intended purpose, and this thing is rare enough to be interesting even if it isn’t pretty.

Bottom Line: This car looks like the product of a summer fling between a VW Thing and a Fiat Jolly. It’s nowhere near as cute as the Ghia-bodied Jolly, but it’s probably just as fun behind the wheel and bidders seemed smitten with it, putting up well over estimate and placing more value on the rarity and fun factor than the tired condition.

by Andrew Newton
1 May 2021

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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #3: Good
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Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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