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Tuesday 25 February 2020

.1979 FIAT 126 DE VILLE "ZERO" PROTOTYPE - BRIGHTWELLS AUCTIONS Wednesday 4th March 2020 Leominster Classic Vehicle Sale Easters Court, Leominster



 Wednesday 4th March 2020
Leominster Classic Vehicle Sale
Easters Court, Leominster 

Registration No: YTB 849T
Chassis No: 5191551
Engine No: 7852798
Estimate: No Reserve

Long term ownership; very rare; lots of fun; only being sold due to house move; further photographs to follow
Minimalism in motor-cars these days is practically unknown, with both the so-called “MINI” and the Fiat 500 being grossly over-inflated pastiches of their former selves. If you want to get back to basics and cut out the unnecessary stuff, this Fiat 126-based Zero is the car for you.
One of a handful of prototypes built by Car Craft (prior to a run of as many as 21 ‘production’ kits), this Zero first saw the light of day in 1991 and featured in various magazines of the period. And if you don’t think much of the idea of a car powered by 650cc of throbbing twin-cylinder Fiat-power read the magazine articles on file for this little lot.
“..driving the thing really impresses”, “this little baby is no slouch”, “intoxicating” etc., etc. And those quotes were for this car with a standard 23bhp - 45bhp (and more) is easily attainable.
The people behind Car Craft were highly skilled and produced a well-built and very quirky little car. The magazine reports all praised the build quality as much as they underlined the sheer driving fun.
Our vendor would agree with them, having owned the car since 1999. It is only for sale now as he is moving house and – due to ‘downsizing’ has nowhere to keep it. (Not even an airing cupboard? He must have downsized a lot!)
As it has not had much use in recent years, the vendor handed the car over to his local garage who put it into running order and, he tells us, “it sounds fantastic now”. It will still need some attention to the brakes and there was no time to MOT it, but its all fairly basic stuff and not beyond the capabilities of the average home mechanic.
Offered for sale  - zero reserve, this Fiat-based device is an appealing bit of fun for someone who likes their motoring nice and simple.

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