Ciao Hella: 1972 Fiat 500 Subaru EA81 Swap

In the basement of the 2015 LA Auto Show (live at the LA convention center through Nov 29th, 2015) there is a display by an outfit called Madness that caters to Fiat 500s, old and new.  They had a few classic Fiat 500s that were extremely modified and it got me searching for a good modified example for sale.  Find this 1972 Fiat 500 Subaru EA81 4 Cylinder Swap here on eBay bidding for $12,500 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Hialeah, FL.

The original Cinquecento was produced from 1957-1975 and had a mind
numbingly slow 0.5 liter 2 cylinder engine that was slower than a Power Wheels Barbie Jeep with a dying battery.  Frankly, the only reason a stock 500 is fun to drive because of the effort necessary to keep up with the flow of traffic, an extreme example of driving a slow car fast.  However, shoving more power into the back of the 500 really makes a lot of sense for anyone who isn’t afraid of dead by giant SUV.

And indeed this yellow machine has a tad more power than stock.  Under the funky rear hood lid (which is usually propped open for cooling purposes in the average tuned 500) is a Subaru EA81 flat-4, borrowed from a Subaru Brat or Leone.   It should be good for a few more ponies than the stock rating of 73 horsepower and 94 ft-lbs of torque — enjoy flinging around the 1100 lb chassis with quadruple the stock power.

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