Balena Bianca: 1966 Fiat 850 Coupe

The Fiat 850 was available as a boxy van, an oddly bulbous sedan, and a cute little spider ragtop, but that best looking version had a fastback roofline and was called the 850 Coupe. They were manufactured in huge quantities (2.3 million 850s were sold worldwide from 1963-1973) but isn’t a car you’ll see very often — probably because of the sheet metal disintegrated in moisture like single layer cardboard and the engines needed to run at 100% duty cycle to keep the driver from being rear-ended by children on skateboards. Despite that, I think I’d enjoy the experience of owning a classic like an 850 Coupe. Find this 1966 Fiat 850 Coupe offered for $9,000 in Scotch Plains, NJ via craigslist.

From the seller:

1966 fiat
fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: manual

1966 Fiat 850 Coupe in great running condition. Original white with black interior. This was a California car up until 3 years ago so rust is minimal and the floors are solid. Has Abarth steering wheel, exhaust and cromodora magnesium wheels. Upgraded 60 series tires. Upgraded 903cc motor (original was 817cc), 4 speed manual trans shifts well.. It runs great and everything works, the car handles amazing. It’s not perfect, has a few rust bubbles, paint cracks and digs. This is a 54 year old car and a survivor. 1966 was the first year these were imported into the USA, very rare.

Here is a video of it running and driving.

Firm on the price. If you don’t like the price, go find another one.

See a better way to drive something Italian?