1963 Fiat 500 D "Trasformabile"
Chassis no. 517513
Engine no. 895277
The Fiat 500 D:The story of the “original” 500 started in 1957 with the 500 “Nuova” - the definitive people’s car to carry Italian families of 4 on their day-to-day commute. Initially rather unsuccessfully launched, by 1960 Fiat made some adequate changes to their “people’s car” with lessons learned from the 500 N and 500 Sport which it had on offer until then. The 500 D (the second series) used the uprated engine of the 500 Sport with a capacity of 499 cc, which translated to a whopping 17,5 hp compared to the rather petty 13,5 hp of the N.Initially only available with a semi hardtop roof, Fiat offered the highly desirable folding back roof configuration as “Trasformabile” option on the D which was so synonymous with the N when it launched. The initial incentive for the usage of the folding back roof was to save costs (steel was expensive after all) but quickly became a well-received feature of the 500. The D was more lavishly equipped than the previous models as well, with features like a windscreen washer pump, an integrated ash-tray, rubber floor mats and padded sun visors – to name but a few. The D is the last 500 to be fitted with the “Rolce Royce-like” suicide doors that define the early 500’s so evidently.This Fiat 500 D:The motorcar on offer here was originally delivered on the 21st of August 1963, and registered ‘RM 657920’ in the name of its first owner, Rome resident Claudio Saliola. According to the original registration documents chassis number 517513 was originally consigned as “Trasformabile” configuration. The car remained in the south-end of Italy throughout its entire life, as the car would later be registered in Sant Antimo, Napels by the Borzacchiello family. Father Pasquale handed the car over to his daughter Pierpaola in November 2015, before being acquired by us and brought to the Netherlands.The car is currently showing a believed to be original 63.630 km’s on the odometer – being substantiated by MOT records. The car has been sparingly used during the latter years of its life, so we instructed Italian marque specialists to carry out a thorough mechanical overhaul in June 2020– making it fully ready-to-go for a next custodian. Throughout this + €800,- overhaul the brakes have had a thorough going-over all-round, the electrics and wiring have been checked-over, new driveshafts have been installed together with new bearings and a front axle recommissioning. All invoices are naturally present in the cars’ history file, which also contains period images of the entire engine-out restoration.Freshly serviced, finished in the utter-attractive colour combination of Verde Chiaro 363 over a Beige interior and known history from new, this dazzling 1963 Fiat 500 D Trasformabile is ready for summer fun. Well-sorted examples of the early 500’s are rare, and this example ticks every box effortlessly. It will surely put a smile on anyone who gets behind the wheel of this Italian icon.SOLD