Fiat 600 Multipla on the block - the first people-mover?

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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In case you thought people-movers were a relatively recent thing, here's proof the Italians were thinking along those lines way back in the 50s.

Fiat 600 Multipla on the block - the first people-mover?
Very cute and seemingly bigger on the inside than the outside!

Couldn't resist bringing you this one - a Fiat 600 Multipla, arguably one of the first modern people movers, albeit on a tiny scale.

In a car that was around 50cm longer than a Mini (we're talking the originals - not the huge modern versions!) you could arrange the seating to carry as many as six people. Sure, they better not be huge and it would be best if they liked each other.

Nevertheless, if you were heading out with mum, dad, grandma and a few of the bambini, this probably looked pretty attractive.

It was an extension of the original 600, moving the front row of seats over the front axle to gain more space, and was first shown in Brussells in 1956.

Production lasted to 1969 and it turned out to be a popular choice as a taxi. Some 243,000 are thought to have been made.

The first versions ran a 633cc in-line four powerplant with a four-speed transmission. Britsh mag The Motor tested it at a top speed of 57mph (92km/h), though we assume that was unladen.

In any case the series soon picked up a larger 767cc powerplant and that's what is fitted to this example.

So how much for the cute people mover? Shannons has it for auction in Sydney on Nov 7 and estimates it at $38,000-46,000.

See our 600 and Multipla feature right here.

 

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