1939 Fiat Topolino
CCA Classic Car Auction
March 19, 2016
The Fiat colloquially known as the “Topolino” (literally translated as “small mouse” but also the Italian translation of “Mickey Mouse”), was to Italy what the Volkswagen Beetle was to Germany, and the Citroen 2CV was to France. Inexpensive, simple, economical, and robust, the cars competed not with other cars, but with tractors, horses, and two-wheeled vehicles. They sold extremely well, with large numbers built. Most examples were sold in Italy because the high import duties in other countries, and to skirt this issue, NSU built a licensed version of the Topolino in Germany.
This particular car is a charming restored example, and was previously owned by the Ex Duke of Westminster. It was restored to very good standards. The paint appears to be on the thick side but would color sand nicely. The car looks otherwise cosmetically outstanding, with excellent metal trim, lamps, and chrome.
The interior is very nice, with excellent upholstery done to high standards. The instruments and switches are in great shape, as are the carpets.
This is an extremely rare and adorable little car. Nicely restored, and it probably operates very well and attracts lots of positive attention wherever it goes. It is the perfect antidote to the jaded crowd at prestigious concours events and would also be enjoyable to drive.