If we were to shop for a vintage Fiat, we’d probably search for a 1970 695 Abarth EsseEsse, Fiat 131 Abarth rally, or another model with a bit of motorsports pedigree. What we’d never, ever think to look for is a Fiat 616, which served as the automaker’s commercial vehicle offering from 1965 to 1978.
It should come as no surprise that most Fiat 616s lived hard working lives, so there probably aren’t too many kicking around today that are in mint condition. The example you see above, a 1972 model year vehicle currently for sale on eBay, is one of the few that has been restored and looked after. It’s also probably one of only a handful in the United States.
Making this Fiat 616 infinitely cooler is its Abarth ‘Servizio Corse’ decals. As far as we know, the vehicle has never actually used by Abarth themselves, with the decals being applied in the restoration process as a tasteful nod to Fiat’s racing and performance division. Under the hood it packs a four-cylinder diesel engine, which sends drive to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission.
This vehicle would be an attention-grabber at just about any concours show and would make an excellent addition to any Fiat or Abarth collector’s inventory. Check out the listing here for additional information and photos