1972 FIAT 500 'LUSSO'


  • A wonderful example of the iconic Italian city car, benefitting from a prior restoration and presented in good order.
  • It is powered by a 499cc two-cylinder engine, which produces around 17bhp and drives the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission.
  • This 500 ‘Lusso’ was first registered in Italy in October 1971, and was imported into the UK and re-registered in 2015.


  • As a more luxuriously equipped ‘Lusso’ model, this 500 features chrome-plated bumper overriders, rectangular tail lights, ribbed vinyl seats and door panels and a trapezoidal instrument cluster.
  • This example is finished in the cheery and period-perfect hue of Giallo Positano, with black vinyl-trimmed seats and vibrant red carpets.
  • It rides on the correct set of 12-inch steel wheels, which have been painted silver and are fitted with a set of polished hub caps.
  • The car will be accompanied by copies of its original Italian registration documents, its DVLA registration documents, its MOT test certificates from 2015 to the present day and invoices for its past maintenance.


  • There is no known bodywork damage and the vendor states that the wheel arches and underside of the car are clean and rust-free.
  • The Giallo Positano paintwork was resprayed before the car was imported into the UK in 2015, and is in very good condition, with a smooth and glossy appearance around the car. There is a small area of blistering below the rear windscreen, as well as a smaller bubble on the front wing.
  • The exterior brightwork is very smart, with some light pitting to its surface in line with the car’s age.
  • Inside, the cabin presents very well, and the carpets, door trims and dashboard are all very smart, with a charming light patina.
  • The seats are still clad in their original vinyl upholstery, and while there is a small tear on the side of the passenger seat this is only a minor issue, and is particularly impressive given the car’s 49-year history.
  • There are no known electrical faults, and all of the switchgear works as it should.
  • The car’s last MOT test was conducted on 9 June 2021 at an indicated 45,127km, resulting in a pass with advisories for noisy front wheel bearings and play in the nearside front wheel bearing, after a number of minor issues were rectified a few days earlier.


  • This 500L’s most recent routine maintenance was carried out in June 2021 at an indicated 45,127km by T&A Motors, who checked the engine oil, tightened the steering wheel and addressed a number of electrical faults.
  • Previous services were performed in September 2018 and May 2017.
  • The seller has maintained the car well throughout their five years of ownership, checking the oil level, greasing the steering knuckles, cleaning the spark plugs and adjusting the carburettor as required.


Previously refurbished and finished in the eye-catching hue of Giallo Positano, this 1972 Fiat 500 ‘Lusso’ is a smart example of the endearing classic. Presented in impressive condition and described by the seller as starting and running very well, it will make a charming companion for weekend drives in the country and urban adventures alike.

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Car Overview

  • 45,133 km
  • manual
  • LHD
  • Giallo Positano
  • Black
  • 500cc
  • VIN2933986

Lot Overview

  • Lot #05212
  • private Sale
  • Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom


  • NJL70

Exterior  (57)

Interior  (16)

Mechanical  (14)

Documents  (18)

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