Mini Ferrari: 1967 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet – Sold?

Nov 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

November 20th Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Every so often, we are blessed to come across a great owner’s description in the listing of their car for sale.  The latest example is this rare 1967, Pininfarina-designed, Fiat 1500 Cabriolet first listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Colchester, Connecticut that has been family owned for the past twenty years in California before being brought to the East Coast several years ago.   Offered at $18,000 firm, comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has their 1500 priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $11,200 and the #3 “Very Good” estimate of $18,900.  Sadly, Hagerty Insurance does not provide value for these models at this time.  

While we’re not sure why the seller doesn’t include it in his ad (he mentions it), we accidentally came across this walk-around video of this very Fiat featured  on YouTube posted just last month:

This 1500 makes a compelling and much rare alternative to either Fiat’s 850 or 124 Spider of the same vintage.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s entertaining and informative description:

“This Fiat has been in the same family for the last 20+ years.

It has been in California for all its life, only coming east a couple of years ago.

Pinin Farina designed this elegant runabout. The 1.5L Fiat engine doesn’t do much in terms of HP but the 5-speed gearbox and front disc brakes (There are aluminum finned drums in back) certainly help bring an air of sportiness to this little car.

Completely rust free, these cars were known for their ability to rust while you watched. The front floor pans have been replaced on both left and right sides, however, the rest of the car still has the original factory-applied undercoat/rustproofing. This car is rust/rot free.

The 4 cylinder engine is fed by a 2bbl Weber carb and has an unknown number of miles. When new, this little 4 cylinder pumped out 83 HP and 88 lb ft of torque. The odometer has 33,481 miles on it. The engine is the original engine and is numbers matching. Aside from correct floor pans and the respray several years ago in a bright white, the car is believed to be original.

The paint is smooth and very shiny but there are a couple of small nicks here and there.

While not Concours ready, she does hold up very well under scrutiny with only a few small blemishes across the trim and paint. The interior is in great condition, the floor pans inside show the correct pattern and hold a good coat of paint. The vinyl seats are firm and have no tears or other issues.

The car is titled as a 1967 however, it should be a 66 as they stopped producing the cabriolets in 1966. Generally, back in the day, cars were titled for the year they were sold not necessarily when they were manufactured.

The car starts right up and idles strongly, with no coughs or burbles. She shifts easily and moves along nicely through the gears.

Recent work includes new brakes, tires, fluids, and general tune.

There are thousands and thousands of MGs, Triumphs, Healeys, etc out there – They only made 34,000 or so of these through their entire six-year run so you won’t see too many at the local cars and coffee if any. Many referred to this as the mini Ferrari as it had several similarities to a 250 GT cabriolet also designed by Pininfarina.

Great little, very pretty car to simply take out and enjoy.

Asking price is $18000 Firm

Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her or to make an offer, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your interest.”

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