Honourable Members... a 1971 Fiat 500 once owned by Prime Minister David Cameron is to be sold.
Honourable Members... a 1971 Fiat 500 once owned by Prime Minister David Cameron is to be sold. The Conservative Party leader purchased this classic in 1998 as a birthday present for his wife. However, during their ten year ownership, the Camerons only clocked- up one-thousand miles. Wonder if they took George Osborne for a spin. Either way this Fiat 500 L is finished with white paintwork, is thought to have covered 13,000 miles since new, and has been restored to its original specification by the current owner. It is therefore expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000 when Silverstone Auctions open proceedings at the Footman James Classic Motor Show on November 17th 2012. This fight for ownership could be bloodier than the House of Commons after a vote of no confidence.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, which 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 memoirs power had increased to 23bhp. It also had fully synchromesh transmission to make changing gear easier. Curiously, though, this R version had no fuel gauge. No wonder Mr Cameron prefers his Prime Ministerial Jaguar.