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1948 Fiat 500B Topolino Cabriolet PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000 USD
  • 1948
  • Fiat
  • 500B Topolino
  • 500B 131188
  • 500B 134278
  • Grey
  • Tan
  • Matching Numbers
  • Complete Documented Restoration
  • Concours Condition
  • Desirable Model B
  • Multiple Top Honors
  • Running Condition

The Little Mouse

The Fiat 500, commonly known as “Topolino”, is an Italian city car manufactured by Fiat from 1936 to 1955. “Topolino” translates as “little mouse” in Italian. This 4 speed manual transmission Topolino was purchased in July 2004, in Padova Italy, from its original owner Fernanda Fagioli. From Italy it was then imported into Mexico and underwent a three-year top quality, documented restoration. It obtained its antique car certification in Mexico City in July 2008. This Fiat has taken top honors at multiple shows since 2008. This particular automobile can be considered the best in the world.

History of the Model

The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1937, by Dante Giacosa, three models were produced until 1955, all with only minor mechanical and cosmetic changes. It was equipped with a 569 cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle. The radiator was located behind the engine, which made possible a lowered aerodynamic nose profile at a time when competitors had a flat, early vertical grill. The shape of the car's front allowed exceptional forward visibility. This is a rare Model B cabriolet, which was only produced one year from 1948 to 1949.

Summary

Prices and interest have gone up over the last few years. This Topolino underwent a complete restoration from 2005 to 2007. This example is the best of the best and its price reflects that. Any micro car enthusiast would be happy to show this Fiat off, whether around town or on the concours lawn.

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