For the holidays they also looked for some suitable presents. For example, in the circle of friends, someone's daughter is completely crazy about the Fiat 850 Sport Coupé. She's only sixteen. But it will be fine. And what better way to give such a person in the waiting period than a nice scale model?
Appearances are deceiving
Google's picture book showed the perfect, beautiful freestanding Photoshopped model. The site was clicked. The model fell off. Because the American company Hyman ltd from St. Louis had the perfect Fiat 850 Sport Coupé in scale 1 to 1. It was a real one. And at $ 33.500, the freestanding Fiat was well above the holiday budget for a XNUMX-year-old. Funny: Such a small Italian classic is not exactly what you would expect from a purely American classic dealer.
Very nice cars that 850 Coupe's
Great examples of how evolution can work. Because the 850s, which got the internal designation Type 100G by Fiat, was a further development of the 600 and became a huge sales success. After the Berlina from 1964 came the beautiful Coupé and Spider in 1965. They both got a more powerful engine of 1968 instead of 52 hp in 47. The Fiat 850 Sport Coupé got double headlights, the cylinder capacity grew from 843 to 903 cm3.
Not made for eternity, difficult to restore
Almost all body panels of the Fiat 850 family are welded, only the rear panel can be unscrewed. That makes a restoration a difficult and expensive job. At the front, for example, near the headlights, there are several plates on top of each other, which makes recovery at least 'challenging'. The attachment points of the front suspension and the transition between the A-pillars and the sills also consist of brave cutting and pasting. And for such a small car there are quite a lot of other pain points: the mudguards at the front sills and the attachment of the anti-roll bars, the hollow space under the windshield, the window pillars and the bottom of the doors. Fortunately, the construction on the rear side is clearer. A literal case of 'that ends well, all right'.
Engine-technical there was little to criticize
The small four-cylinder is only quite sensitive to its cooling. Think of the water pump, the air guides and the radiator fins. Intake manifolds can crack and the timing chain may need replacing.
Detached as a plus?
We still don't quite know what to do with such detached trade photos. They do of course focus 100% on the object. However, they are very clinical. And if you initially mistake them for commercials for model cars? Then you may have to change the way you look.
Our tip: click on such a picture and look at the price: Below $ or € 100 it is probably a scale model. Or even easier: just search in your own country. We have the scale models. But also the 1 to 1 copies are usually cheaper here than in the various foreign countries from which buyers search on Dutch sites.