Tiny terror: 1958 Fiat 600 turned into a custom hot rod

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The Fiat 600 looks like a mild-mannered original

Here’s a good thing in a small package — a Fiat 600, which was the Italian equivalent of the Volkswagen Beetle in Germany, the Citroen 2CV in France and the Morris Minor in England.   A simple people’s car, usually, but this one is a trifle different.

The Pick of the Day is a 1958 Fiat 600 that basically has been hot rodded for undreamed of performance, according to the Denver dealer advertising the Fiat on ClassicCars.com.

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The Fiat wears a set of Campagnolo alloy wheels

The original 600, a step above the Fiat 500, packed a rear-mounted 633cc inline-4 engine that was good for just 21.5 horsepower.  This 600 has been heavily tweaked, boasting a “highly custom, professionally built, 1,914cc motor with Rajay turbocharger! 185hp on 10 pounds of boost,” the seller says.

The engine is an air-cooled flat-4 probably sourced from a Volkswagen, its power fed through a 4-speed manual transmission from a VW Beetle, with a Ron Lummus custom exhaust, CNC coilover shocks mounted to a Ron Lummus racing setup and four-wheel disc brakes.

The hot Fiat is dressed up with what the seller says are authentic 13-inch Campagnolo mag wheels and an Abarth Scorpione steering wheel.

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The turbocharged flat-4 is said to produce 185 horsepower

The seller calls it a “custom hot rod magazine car” that was featured in Volksworld.  The Fiat has extensive receipts and documentation, the seller says, noting that the builder spent around $35,000 on the car.

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The Fiat looks very well finished, appearing fairly stock aside from the Campagnolo wheels, racing stripes and the number 13 on the hood and left flank. This model features rear-opening “suicide” doors to help ease entry and exit to and from this tiny car.

And these cars are tiny. If you took one of the modern Fiat 500s, which seem so small on today’s roads, and matched it up with an original model such as this one, it would look like a baby whale in comparison.

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The interior features an Abarth Sporpione steering wheel

This little gem must be exciting to drive, with loads of power for its light weight and a tuned suspension for scooting around corners.

The asking price is $22,900, which would give you not only the littlest car on your block but possibly the quickest.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

6 COMMENTS

  1. A Fiat hot rod, now that’s funny. How could you say that with a straight face!? Sorry but (Just in my opinion, which is pretty much worthless) I don’t care what you do to a Fiat, it will NEVER be a Hot Rod. Maybe a little road racer but NEVER a Hot Rod !

    • Any car can be a Hot Rod. A unconventional hot rod at that. There is no rule that a hot rod has to be a big thee small block. This is probably a quick like car. Hey were great rally cars in there day. They went around corners better than any typical American Hot rod. I would not own one personally. It is however a clever build with a affordable price tag. I would guess it would give many cars a run for there money. 185hp go-karts would be fun and terrifying at the same time.

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