Collectible Italian cars coming up for auction is almost a weekly event usually with models from the big hitters such as Ferrari or Lamborghini grabbing the headlines. However following a strong start to 2019 with its Classic Winter Warmer sale in February, Barons is now presenting a really diverse and interesting line-up of cars for its Spring Classic sale at Sandown Park on April 30.
Two particular Italian classic Fiats caught our attention, from different eras but both very desirable.
A 1983 Fiat X19 described by the vendor as a rare classic in very good condition. This car comes in what must surely be the best colour combination available, red over metallic charcoal with genuine gold alloys. This colour combination was only manufactured for one year, and with just twelve 1983 models left on the road, you are very unlikely to see another one like this. The car is 100% original except for one important detail, the earlier style bumpers have been retro filled and powder coated by the previous owner at huge expense (well over £1,000). They look fantastic and this also saves a great deal of weight. In addition, the engine has been tuned by a specialist so that it has slightly more power and perhaps more importantly, it passes the emissions test every year.
The present owner has owned this car for 4 years and has covered just over 5,000 miles. The MOT was issued on 20 June 2018 with one advisory (tyre wear on one wheel). The vendor will supply the car to the auctioneer with 12 months MOT. The car looks great and drives superbly.
Recent work on the car includes braking system overhaul with lines bled and new hoses, new clutch and brake slave cylinders, new tyres, steering column overhaul, new side indicators and number plate lights, new exhaust, new battery, pop up lights mechanism overhaul, and driver’s door realignment.
With modest investments to address minor flaws to the bodywork and replace the electric window motors, this car could be brought to an excellent standard very cheaply. This lot includes £1,000 worth of spare parts (4 boxes), a spare ignition key (uncut), Haynes manual and full service history file.
The second of the two classic Fiat’s to catch our eye is a 1967 Fiat 500 Radbourne Racing Abarth is perfect for historic motorsport. The official UK Abarth importer Radbourne Racing of Wimbledon converted RHD Fiat 500s using genuine Abarth parts. The engine of the standard Fiat 500 was bored to give 689cc and 38hp, wheel arches were widened and Borrani steel wheels fitted. This potent, nimble little machine is a huge amount of fun and has competed at Prescott Hilliclimb and in the Crystal Palace Sprint. Guide price: £15,000-£18,000.
For more information, or to consign a vehicle to the sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com.
*exerts courtesy of Barons Auctions