This is the second car that is being auctioned off by the classic car dealer, Laguna Classics. This will be a restoration project, but I have one question: Will it be worth anything?
This car was styled by the Italian Master Stylists, Pininfarina. According to the listing:
Fiat introduced their successor to the 1100 at the 1957 Turing Motor Show. The 1200 was available in Granluce sedan and open Cabriolet or Spider form, with a Turismo Veloce (meaning fast touring) sedan available as well. The design of the Spider was influenced by Fabio Luigi Rapi, Fiat’s design director. The 1200 saloon was closely resembled the Fiat 1100. Power was from a new engine of 1221cc form developing 55 horsepower. The convertible was restyled in 1959 and given a new Pininfarina-designed body, with similarities to Ferrari’s 250 GT PF coupes, especially when it wore the optional hardtop. The 1200 had roll-up windows and swiveling seats as standard, and a new split mesh-patterned grille that incorporated angled sides. The 1200 Spider (Cabriolet) was built by Fiat’s Vetture Speciali (meaning special cars) unit.
The last owner had the car for 45 years. He bought it 1966 and I still have a few old registrations dating back to 1967 and a photo of the car when it was still in better condition. There are only a view areas of rust, like on the rocker panel and a spot on the hood. However the floor looks very original and unmolested with only surface rust on it. The paint also seems to be original. It shows 64,414 miles which are believed to be original.
This car has not been started in many, many years. The previous owner always wanted to get the car back on the road again but I guess age has caught up with him as well. Please note, this is not a car that you can put a battery in and drive it home. An oil change sticker in the driver door indicates that the car had an oil change done in Sierra Vista, AZ.