1996 Original Fiat Barchetta 1.8 Roadster New Roof For Sale
Finished bright Rosso Red this late 1995 'N’ plate car has been my pride and joy for some time now and has provided an immense amount of driving pleasure. It comes with a long MOT and has good history including many recent parts. It's had only 4 previous owners from new.
I looked at many cars before buying this one and although the history incomplete if had been very well maintained and used regularly, which was a key consideration as many low milers I'd looked at had suffered from lack of usage.
There are very few marks on the body and the car looks fantastic overall. I liked the fact that this one didn’t have the optional front fog lights fitted which provides a cleaner, less cluttered style to the front end. It also has the genuine original optional 15” alloy wheels, not replicas.
When I first bought the car I booked it into Tensport Performance to give the underside and suspension a thorough inspection. The structure is in fantastic condition with literally no corrosion - this is very unusual for one of these and I have resisted the urge to apply any waxoil of underseal so it’s easy for viewers to see the condition for themselves.
The engine is fantastically responsive yet refined and uses no oil. It doesn't smoke or smell and has just been fully serviced using the correct plugs, filters and Shell Helix synthetic oil. It is all exactly as it should be and is still capable of an easy 30mpg. It feels remarkably rapid, the engine feeling very sprightly indeed.
The suspension, transmission and differential all operate as new and the brakes and power steering all work perfectly. It has just had new rear shock absorbers fitted as well as new new complete clutch kit. The handling and steering response are fantastic and it’s brilliant fun to drive.
The original black interior shows minimal signs of wear including on the trim and body-coloured dashboard features. The electric windows also act exactly as they should.
I really liked the originality of this car and didn't want to change this. The only modifications have been a new powerful yet lightweight Sony audio system including IPod functionality and an uprated headlight system (the original lights are very poor indeed) It has also just had a brand new soft top roof fitted which looks fantastuc
The tyres are all excellent with plenty of tread and have been professionally fitted the the wheels. I had these professionally refurbished at significant expense and they are beautifully finished and have the original Fiat centre caps fitted also.
Everything also operates as it should and it comes with 2 sets of keys and is fully HPI clear. It qualifies for cheap classic car insurance (I recommend Classicline) and is also cheap to tax and is remarkably original throughout. There is also a fantastic community of owners to help with maintenance and sourcing of parts.
Any inspections are welcome and if you have any questions please let me know.
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