1962 FIAT 500D 'Trasformabile'
Chassis no. 323048Engine no. 773270The FIAT 500 D:In 1960 FIAT launched an updated version of their successful people’s car; the 500 Nuova which was launched in 1957. With the launch of this second series (deemed to be called the D), FIAT used the uprated 499cc engine taken from the 500 Sport which produced a whopping 17,5 hp compared to the standard 13,5 hp from the 379 cc engine. FIAT initially only launched the D with a ‘hardtop’ which made for a smaller sunroof in comparison to the configuration offered on the first series cars. Steel was considered expensive at the time, meaning this was considered to be a ‘luxurious’ addition. However, due to demand from the general public FIAT did also offer the sunroof configuration from the N which was offered as an optional ‘Trasformabile’ layout.Furthermore did FIAT equip the second series D with some additional creature comfort extra’s like an integrated ashtray, a screen washer pump, rubber floor mats and last but not least padded sun visors. The ‘Trasformabile’ is considered to be the most desirable and sought-after amongst enthusiasts. Many cars have been converted to the ‘Trasformabile’ lay-out over the years, making the original cars ever-so hard to come by.This FIAT 500 D 'Trasformabile':Chassis number 323048 was originally consigned to Mr. Giuseppe Di Mauricio in the region of Caserta, Italy in 1962. The car was originally delivered in one of the most sought-after color schemes available; Aquamarine (433) over a "Rosse e Bianco" interior. The car resided in Italy for its entire life, which is confirmed by the accompanied Libretto which shows that the car is originally delivered as highly desirable 'Trasformabile' (meaning it has nog been converted). The Libretto tells us all owners, registration details and MOT approvals painting an exquisite picture of the car's history. The car has resided its entire life around the region of Naples and is believed to be 4 owners from new. The rest of its provenance can be summarised as follows: