This beautiful blue Fiat 1500 Confort was shown at the last old-timer show in Leek, striking because of its clean lines and the double headlights in a modern appearance for that time. (Broadly speaking, the design corresponded to the models of other brands from the sixties.)
By: Dirk de Jong
What was striking is that Frits had stuck an A4 sheet on the window of the Fiat with the text: "Interest poll for my Fiat 1500 Confort" with his 06 number.
Actually not so remarkable that he wanted to attract attention in this way in order to sell his Italian. He was even willing to trade in other nostalgic items, such as a classic moped or a jukebox. The reason? The Fiat 1500 Confort is only used in summer for a single ride and has actually been standing still since 2015. An additional reason is the ongoing virus misery where events are (almost) a thing of the past, moreover, Frits has now achieved senior status, which also plays a role for him.
50 years back in time
There were always cars in Frits' life, but this Fiat was very special, because it took him back to his younger years. Immediately after his 18th birthday and obtaining the pink paper, this type of Fiat was his first car, and he wanted that old-timer back – purely out of nostalgia. His first Fiat seemed quite reasonable, but after a while holes appeared under the skin. And as we all know, the rust devil is capable of damaging the bodywork considerably. Repairs were made with care and dedication to keep it on the road, but its lifespan proved limited.
Classic car life in the 'now'.
His love for 'old metal' remains, but it is still wise to pass on the car and its history to the younger generation, hence his remarkable action.
Frits: “As the type designation indicates, the Fiat 1500 Confort has a displacement of 1500 cc, and runs just as smoothly as a six-cylinder. The power source ensures that you can still keep up with today's busy traffic, but as a hobby car it will follow the B-roads and maybe participate in fun rides. The shift lever is still on the steering column, shifting is very light and that way it is still a real pleasure to drive. And let your gaze wander over the photos once more, isn't that fun?”
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