Le Sporting, Monte Carlo
14 May 2016
Lot 209

1965 Fiat 600 Multipla


€42,560 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monte Carlo, Monaco



Chassis No.
100D.108 126736
Engine No.
100D.008 4541
  • Fully restored throughout
  • An icon of 1960s Italian design

22 bhp, 633 cc overhead-valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, A-arm front and radius arm rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,000 mm

As Italy’s population took to the road again after the Second World War, there was a growing demand for practical yet affordable transport. The Fiat 600 was already a bestseller by 1956, when the Multipla was first launched, but the new model soon found a loyal following of its own.

Designed to fulfil the needs of larger families and commercial users, the 600 Multipla was created by the engineering genius Dante Giacosa. Giacosa’s design was truly a feat of engineering packaging. By advancing the passenger compartment over the front wheels and moving the engine to the rear, he created one of the first successful monospace cars and was able to extract six seats from a car that was only 11 feet and 6.9 inches long!

This Multipla always resided in Italy until it was imported to the United Kingdom by its current private owner. Unusually, the ownership of the car can be traced back to 1976, when it was registered in Catania to a Sig. Rapisarda; the car then passed to a Sig. Leotta before heading north to Monza, where it was owned by a Sig. Brioschi. The last Italian owner carried out a no-expense-spared bare metal restoration, with a detailed photographic record of the work.

Today the car is in superb condition, with deep paint and well-aligned panels. Underneath the car, the quality of the restoration work is also clear. Period accessories were also sought out, including difficult-to-source correct seat coverings and Perspex side window visors.

This charming Multipla will undoubtedly bring immense pleasure to its next owner as the perfect transport for any and every occasion!