1968 Ferves Ranger
$40,000 - $50,000Offered Without Reserve
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 6 - 7 MARCH 2020 - Offered on Saturday
- A wonderful Italian oddity
- One of 50 believed to be remaining
- A delightfully strange and unique off-roader
- Registered and street legal
The Ferves Ranger was first unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show as an unusual and distinctly Italian take on the compact off-roader. The car was designed by Carlo Ferrari, and its name is derived from the abbreviation of FERrari VEicoli Speciali (“Ferrari Special Vehicles”). The Ranger made use of a combination of elements from both the successful Fiat 500 and Fiat 600, with an 18 bhp rear-mounted engine sourced from the 500 and the all-independent suspension from the Fiat 600D. The open bodywork included a folding windscreen and doors, which are easy to remove, and the utilitarian little car could comfortably seat four passengers.
The Ranger was offered in both two- and four-wheel drive, enabling it to cover terrain which no other vehicle could hope to traverse, which was aided by a very low gear ratio. In fact, the Ranger can be driven easily at walking speeds. Ferves would go on to produce just 600 Rangers, ensuring that it would never be a common sight. In fact, it is believed that fewer than 50 such Rangers remain.
This example, a two-wheel-drive model finished in the vibrant shade of yellow, presents extremely well throughout. It has been under the care of a committed owner, one who has collected several Ferves Rangers over the years. The car presents in good condition throughout and features a rear-mounted spare wheel and collapsible windscreen. This Ferves Ranger is road registered and street legal and ready to take on any form of enjoyable cruising, be it on- or off-road, through the woods, or to the beach. Wherever this Ranger roams, it will readily do so with total uniqueness.