For Sale: FIAT 600 Multipla

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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.

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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.

[Link: Craigslist]

17 Comments

  1. Love the steering linkage. 90 degree gearbox at the end on the steering column, shaft between the legs, bellcrank under your butt, central lever to the tierods – this didn't have what you'd call good road feel or precise response to the helm. As soon as those bearings, bushings and ball joints wear, this will be an interesting ride.

  2. My step-dad had one of these during grad school. He took it to his mechanic. The mechanic, without my step-dad's permission, used it as his personal vehicle over the weekend. Well, the thing caught on fire in front of the mechanic's home. That must have been an awkward conversation.

      1. My step-dad, for not being a car guy, had a lot of interesting cars. It didn't sound like he was very sad about the Fiat being burnt to a crisp.He also had a chance to buy a Gullwing for like $6,000, but his first wife wouldn't let him. They ended up with a practical Mercedes Ponton instead.

  3. I luuuuuurv that thing, but $50,000? Crack pipe. Maybe $15k or $20k. It's a museum piece.

  4. I guess I don't troll CL enough, but I've never seen an ad with that many pictures, and large pics at that.

  5. So much for Chrysler's "Stow-n-Go" minivan seating being a new idea!
    Unfortunately, the asking price is not as excessively high as you might think. Microcar prices are crazy. A Jolly sold for $110,000 at the Amelia auction in March. Jollys are special cases, but Multiplas are not far behind. The survival rate of these was low — all microcars were essentially throwaway vehicles, and most of them rusted like there was no tomorrow, which of course becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Still, on a pound for pound basis, microcars are some of the most expensive collector cars around. Would you prefer a '58 Multipla or a '58 Eldorado. About the same money.

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