London | Lot 123
1973 Ferves Ranger
£29,120 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
7 September 2015
- Rare and unusual compact off-roader
- Previously owned by legendary designer Philippe Starck
- One of just 600 original examples, with only 50 believed to be remaining
18 bhp, 499 cc air-cooled two-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,000 mm
The Ferves Ranger was unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show as an unusual and distinctly Italian take on the compact off-roader. It was styled by Carlo Ferrari, and its name is derived from the abbreviation of FERrari VEicoli Speciali (Ferrari Special Vehicles). The Ranger utilised 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 featured a folding windscreen and doors, which are easy to remove, and the utilitarian little car could comfortably seat four.
The Ranger offered 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 Ferves Ranger was first registered in 1973 to the Montreaux Power Company. Subsequently, it was sold to legendary designer Philippe Starck, whose name features on the registration papers accompanying this car. Perhaps unsurprisingly for such a rare car, this Ranger was also featured in the famous Paul Salmon Fiat Collection. It is presented in its original green colour scheme with a black hood, and the interior is finished in white vinyl with a delightful green and yellow stripe motive. This unique Ranger is also accompanied by its original Swiss Carte Grise.
It would be difficult to find a more unassuming yet capable compact off-roader.