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By the early 1950s, Fiat’s long-running Topolino required an update, prompting engineer Dante Giacosa to design an even more compact replacement. Dubbed the 600 for its 633 cc motor, the new model debuted in 1955, with Zagato and Monterosa presenting coachbuilt examples at the Geneva Salon.
Giacosa soon employed a slightly longer wheelbase to build the Multipla, a six-person microbus. The 600’s rear-engine architecture was ideal for the interior requirements of the Multipla, and the new variant quickly proved to be immensely popular. The Commercial Motor wrote that the Multipla was “a delightful little vehicle to drive.”
This charming Multipla is a rare find indeed, as it is a remarkably original, unrestored example. The Fiat was acquired new by Mr. Harry Deaver, a resident of Florida, and remained in his care until 1996. Purchased then from his estate, the Fiat was retained by the second owner until last year. Other than a rebuild of the brake system and replacement of the fuel pump in the late 1990s, this 600 remains in wonderfully original condition and currently displays approximately 11,326 km. The consignor confirms that the tires, glass, all seals, and paint finish are all original.
Beautifully presented and accompanied by manuals, tools, and spare parts, this diminutive Multipla is sure to enamor onlookers in Preservation Class competition or microcar gatherings.