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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1971 Fiat 500L

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this Italian-built 1971 Fiat 500L with a nifty pull-back fabric sunroof. It’s powered by a rebuilt, rear-mounted 499cc inline-twin coupled with a four-speed manual transaxle. Features include reupholstered front seats, electronic ignition system, rebuilt carburetor, and newer clutch. Finished in yellow over a black vinyl interior, this 500L comes with a clear Texas title in the seller’s name.

The current yellow exterior finish was applied in 2017— the second repaint in its lifetime per the seller — though the original color was Positano Yellow (code 208). Features include halogen headlights, driver-side mirror, and refurbished black retractable cloth top.

Color-matched steel 12-inch wheels with polished hubcaps are wrapped in 125R12C Cheng Shin tires.

The refurbished black vinyl interior features front bucket seats. Features include manual-crank windows and a floor-mounted center storage tray. The seller notes a blemish on the upholstery of the passenger seat and rear seat bottom.

Instrumentation includes a 130-kmh speedometer with an inset fuel gauge. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 18,470 kilometers (11,476 miles), although the true kilometrage on the chassis is unknown.

The rear-mounted 499cc inline-twin has been rebuilt with new cylinders, clutch, throw-out bearing, and electronic ignition. Additionally, the carburetor was rebuilt, the transmission resealed, and the engine bay features new sound-damping thermal insulation. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a floor-shifted four-speed manual transmission.

Stopping is provided by four-wheel drum brakes.

The auction for this 1971 Fiat 500L ends Monday, December 11, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.


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