1971 Fiat 850 Sport
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"Hi Jesmond, I don't know if I told you when we were corresponding that I am member of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club. Last Saturday the club held one of its more important rallies of the year called the Mid Island Rally. I went in the Austin A55 and was one of about 68 vehicles that went on the run. It had a good showing of vehicles some old model Ts right through the years, the latest one being a 1964 mini. You name the brand of vehicle and it was there. Mine was the only Austin. We had good weather and I understand it was about 180 miles start to finish. It extended from Timaru through to Geraldine and then into a private forest. That was a bit challenging climbing up to the hilltops on roads only made for logging trucks. I was pleased to get back onto tarseal once we were on our way home. As usual I didn't get anywhere in the rally, thats not my luck. Prior to starting off from the Clubrooms they had a Concours display . About a dozen or perhaps eighteen vehicles went in it. I decided to put the A55 in the display. I don't know when the judging took place and we heard nothing until after the placegetters in the actual rally were announced. There was a table of Cups and Certificates being handed out . All went until only one big cup remained. I thought it won't be me because Ive never won one yet and next thing my name came up. I won the 2014 Concours Cup in my class which was (Post War Vintage) Every comment about the A55 on that day was good and she's going well. So there you have it Jesmond,I don't know if any other vehicles you've had have won Concours but now you know at least one has."Bernie Fairbrass, Timaru, New Zealand
Could this be the Coolest Classic you've ever seen? The 850 Coupe is a scaled-down Dino in terms of styling. It was powered by an uprated version of the saloon's 843cc engine too, upgraded to 903cc from 1968. Rear-mounted and water-cooled, it gives the baby coupe a decent turn of speed and its light weight contributes to the car's excellent handling abilities.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- Sporty and quirky, these were the first cars under 1000cc car to do 100mph. There was a small number of in NZ in the early 70s and very few have survived in top condition.
- Purchased by previous owner in 1992 with about 43,000 miles on the clock. Car was in good condition then, colour light green, registered and used as a city runabout for 3 years.Had some rust removal done for WOF compliance (bottoms of doors, sills in 1993)
- Had one full engine reconditioning (1994) and was regularly serviced by a Fiat mechanic in Christchurch (850cc water-cooled). Then stored undercover in a shed with occasional running.
- Restoration conducted in 2009-10 by retired mechanic and vintage enthusiast (Ashburton Vintage Car Club). The car was fully stripped back and rebuilt after it was kept in storage for over 20 years.
- Focus on body repaint and interior, with a full strip down, repairs and reassembly.
- Full re-upholstery and new carpet, walnut dashboard strip added.
- Approximately $10,000 was spend in 2009-10: mostly paint work, re-upholstery, new carpet, new battery, tires replaced, some suspension parts, tuning etc, registration process and making roadworthy (i.e. full labour costs not charged)
- It is now being presented in excellent overall condition and runs very well.
- Original manual available
- Use since 2010 - less than 200 miles, kept in a closed shed, covered, so remains in fully restored condition, as per photographs.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.
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