Amelia Island | Lot 127
1968 Ferves Ranger
$47,600 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
22 May 2021
- A wonderful Italian oddity with delightful styling
- One of approximately 50 known survivors
- Yellow over black interior; black convertible top
- A surprisingly effective and unique off-roader
- Cleverly incorporates Fiat mechanical components
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-brake horsepower 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. It is believed that fewer than 50 such Rangers remain.
This example is a two-wheel-drive model finished in the vibrant shade of yellow over a black interior; it sports a black convertible top with roll-up side windows. Prior to acquisition by the consignor, it was cared for by an enthusiast who had 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.