Thursday, October 7, 2010

1967 Fiat (500) Giardiniera

A micro car with hauling capacity? Well, sort of.

The Giardiniera was the longest running model of the 500 series.

Fiat had to do a few engineering tricks to turn the tiny 500 into a station wagon. The 499 cc, 17.5 HP engine was laid on its side under the floor of the cargo area to create a flat loading surface. The air intakes, which were on the engine cover on the sedan, were moved high up on the rear quarter panels. The brakes and rear suspension were also unique to the Giardiniera.

All Giardinieras had suicide doors and a huge canvas sunroof.

This Giardiniera is more of a driver than a show car, but is still in overall good condition. The seller says the body has a few rust bubbles and some scratches, but is "overall a very nice example".

Fiat 500 sedans have become hugely popular in the past few years. If you're looking for a 500 that's a bit different, the Giardiniera might be a good choice.

Located in West Los Angeles, CA, click here to find the SportsCar LA website (which has some other interesting cars, too).

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