There are few things I love more than rear-engined Italian microcars. Amongst those few are rear-engined Italian microvans. Signore e signori, I give you the FIAT 600 Multipla.
The FIAT 600 (pronounced say-chento) little-loved big brother to the 500. In an effort to bolster 600 sales, FIAT put together a tiny van using bits and pieces from the corporate parts bin. The final result was this: a cab-over monovolume that looked like it was traveling backwards.
This example is clearly in amazing shape, unlike most Italian cars of this era. As much as I love this, that price is insane for what it is. I couldn’t imagine spending anywhere near that, but maybe I’m completely clueless about the market values of 1950s Italian microvans.
As per the ad:
Up for sale is a rare and beautiful 1958 FIAT 600 MULTIPLA 4 DOOR STATION WAGON. This super clean example was saved by a collector and meticulously brought to it’s current condition. This “sleeper” Multipla is powered by a freshly built 600 engine w/ a 903cc crank and rods, connected to custom 817 pistons. The cylinder head has reworked combustion chambers with oversized valves. The exhaust ports are enlarged to 850 size. The gearbox is fresh as well, w/ an Abarth “Double-Bubble” Ring and Pinion (4.55:1). Both the engine and transaxle were painstakingly built by a renowned rear-engined FIAT Abarth specialist. Pull the choke, turn the ignition on, and the vehicle eagerly comes to life, much in the same way it did 54 years ago…except now with more than double the horsepower! The rust free body was taken down to bare metal and repainted with the original color scheme in mind. All emblems and exterior details are NOS and perfectly compliment the brightwork and lustrous paint. The interior was reupholstered with originality in mind as well and even fitted with the factory styled rubber mats and a rare factory optional Veglia temperature guage perfectly replacing the idiot light! The vehicle just underwent a comprehensive mechanical service to the tune of several thousand dollars. Brakes, electrical, suspension, cooling, transmission, carburetion, and ignition were all addressed. With fresh Pirelli tires, this Multipla is ready for both show and go. Always garaged, covered, and cared for, it comes with all manuals and documentation.