Pick of the Day is a 1960 Fiat Spider in need of restoration

Car is a “real barn find,” says private seller

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Pick of the Day
This 1960 Fiat 1500 S was a 'real barn find,' says the person advertising it on ClassicCars.com

The Pick of the Day is a “real barn find,” a 1960 Fiat 1500 S cabriolet being advertised for sale — for $15,000 — on ClassicCars.com by a private seller.

“These Fiat 1500S were built alongside the Ferrari 250S,” the seller says in the advertisement. 

“The car needs a good cosmetic restoration,” the seller adds, noting however, that this is an “original California car with absolutely no body rot” and that it “runs and drives well.”

The car also has “a numbers matching Osca twin-cam engine,” a 1,491cc 4-cylinder rated at 90 horsepower when new, with 84 pound-feet of torque.

The seller notes that the gas tank, radiator, water hoses, fuel pump, battery and front brakes are new, and that gas lines have been cleaned and the master brake cylinder has been rebuilt.

The car has a manual gearbox and the odometer shows 31,782 miles, though we don’t know if that’s the original mileage since new.

The gray primer was applied over the car’s original white paint, according to the advertisement, which shares little more information than the car has never been restored, but that a restored one sold in January 2014 at RM’s Arizona action for $66,000.

The Standard Catalog of Imported Cars notes that the Osca engine was new for the 1959 model year and was placed into a convertible version of the Pininfarina-designed Fiat 1200 to create the 1500 S, S for Spider.

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The Catalog adds that the 1960 1500 S could accelerate to 60 mph in 10.6 seconds.

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

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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