Cinquecento Sportivo: 1972 Fiat 500

A few years ago if you had pointed me to an advert for a classic Fiat 500 with a $17k asking price, I would have laughed and started searching for custom El Caminos…but times change and the whims of the car buying public might make this thing a decent buy.  Find this 1972 Fiat 500 Sport Abarth offered for $17,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The seller indicates that this Cinquecento was previously owned by the President of the Fiat 500 Club in Italy (have all documentation) and wears Italian plates…but judging by the appearance of US plates on a Lexus in the background, it seems to have made a transatlantic trip.  

The engine is a 650 cc 2-cylinder that is mated to a 4-speed transmission — and judging by the following statement: Car can drive anywhere and at freeway speeds with no problem; it appears to be modified to produce more than the original 22 horsepower. 

See another Fiat 500 with more fog lights?