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 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.
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.
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.
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.