The Fiat type 176 Barchetta was Fiat's re-entry to the
convertible or spider car market and a challenge to the popular
Mazda MX5 from Japan. With distinctive styling that can be traced
back to the 1949 Ferrari 166MM, production began at the Maggiora
plant close to Turin in 1995 and, due to the lack of a spray
shop, were painted at Bertone's plant and then returned for final
assembly. Built on the Fiat Punto floor pan and fitted with the
1,747cc twin over-head cam engine with Fiat's variable valve
timing, these engines are very reliable as well as lively and
responsive. With a firm chassis and very good panel fit, these hand
assembled sports cars are great fun to drive and have what must be
the easiest and quickest hood to put up or down. Production ceased
at the Maggiora factory in 2002 and production was moved to Fiats
Mirafiori plant, where a face lift model or phase II was built
In 2008, this stunning Rosso red Barchetta was involved in an
accident to the front wing and although repairable, it was
classified as Category C. The owner decided to purchase the
car from the insurance company and it was converted to righthand
drive with a 2.0 Twin Spark, Alfa Romeo engine fitted by Auto
Lusso. We are informed this engine conversion is still under
warranty and it has only covered some 2,000 miles since. Brembo
brakes were fitted to cope with the extra power and marginal weight
gain along with wider track alloy wheels to improve the traction.
The result is, perhaps, what Fiat should have always produced.
Documents relating to the engine change and the history of the car
accompany this Barchetta and, at no reserve, there is little doubt
this will represent 'a lot of bang for your buck'.
Interested parties may like to know that
Autolign-Inspections are able to de-categorise a CAT C or D car
subject to their inspection.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170