posted 4 years ago

PM's Fiat 500 L Dominates Auction

MPs take note … the 1971 Fiat 500 once owned by Prime Minister David Cameron has sold for twice its auction estimate.

MPs take note … the 1971 Fiat 500 once owned by Prime Minister David Cameron has sold for twice its auction estimate. As such, this iconic city car went for £18,480 - rather than £8,000 to 12,000 – courtesy of Silverstone Auctions and The Footman James Classic Motor Show. To hit that sum, the saleroom must have been bloodier than the House of Commons after a vote of no confidence. The Conservative Party leader purchased this classic car in 1998 as a gift for his wife. However, the Camerons only clocked-up 1,000 miles during their ten year ownership. Wonder how many of those were handbrake turns by Downing Street. Either way, this Fiat 500 L is finished with white paint, is thought to have covered 13,000 miles since new, and has been restored to the original specification.

The Fiat 500 was launched in 1957 to provide motorists with practical, affordable, transport. As such nearly four-million hatchback, estate, and panel van versions were unleashed into the political world. Mass production stopped in 1975, but estates were knocked-out in small numbers until 1977. Highlights included the original model that had a 479cc 13bhp rear-mounted engine. That was smaller than a junior MP's office. However, by the time the range retired to write its political memoirs power had increased to 23bhp. It also had fully synchromesh transmission to make changing gear easy. Curiously, though, this R model had no fuel gauge. No wonder Cameron prefers his Prime Ministerial Jaguar.