Fiat 1500 race car - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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No prizes for subtlety!

The humble Fiat 1500 four-door (and its 1300 sibling) was a fairly common sight across Europe in its heyday - we're talking 1960s for its home country production and through the 1970s in other countries, most notably Poland.

A relatively light car, it boasted disc front brakes long before they were common and halfway decent performance for its day.

The engine was a pushrod inline four, developing a claimed 73 horses in 1500 form. That was matched to a four-speed manual transmission.

There were a number of variants over the years, including a cabriolet and wagon.

This car got our attention not just for its looks, but this description of the mechanicals, from the seller:

"This 1963 Fiat 1500 series 1 sedan is set up for motorsport, featuring a high performance 1608cc twin cam engine sporting twin side-draught Dellorto carburettors, with 5-speed gearbox. It is fitted with lowered suspension and sits on refurbished 14 Lancia Beta lightweight alloy wheels with Toyo R-series rubber (less than 1000km travelled)."

Set up, right, that has the potential to be a quick and fun car.

The WA owner is offering a RWC and is asking $14,000.

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