Modest Fiat 500 once owned by David Cameron selling for £10k at auction

October 10, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

A modest Fiat 500 previously owned by David Cameron is expected to fetch around £10,000 when it’s sold at auction.

The Prime Minister currently travels around the UK in a top-of-the-range chauffeur-driven Jaguar XJ.

But in 1998 as a humble Tory MP, Cameron bought this 1971 Fiat 500 as a surprise birthday present for wife Samantha.

The modest Fiat 500 previously owned by David Cameron which could fetch £10k when sold at auction

The modest Fiat 500 previously owned by David Cameron which could fetch £10k when sold at auction

The couple held onto the pint-sized car for ten years, racking up just 1,000 miles as they used it to pootle around the idyllic Cotswolds in.

Fiat built the 500 between 1957 and 1975 with the humble vehicle one the most iconic and unmistakable cars of the 20th century.

With a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the Fiat 500 epitomises chic, working class motoring.

This original right-hand drive Fiat 500 L was first registered on 20th August 1971 in Warwickshire and has covered what is believed to be a genuine 13,000 miles from new.

Mr Cameron bought the car as a surprise birthday present for wife Samantha

Mr Cameron bought the car as a surprise birthday present for wife Samantha

It is being sold by Silverstones Auctions on November 17 at the Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC.

Silverstones is expecting the car to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “No matter what your political persuasion, this is one cool car and we are delighted to be able to offer it for auction at our sale in November as part of the Footman James Classic Motor Show weekend.

“After all, it’s not everyday that you get the chance to bid for a car that was once owned by a global figure.”

Will Smith, a specialist at the auction house, added: “It was bought as a birthday present and it really was a thoughtful gift.

“The Fiat 500 is a trendle little car and would have been the perfect car for the Camerons to drive to the shops in.

“It is in pristine condition and has been restored beautifully. Not only is it ideal as a weekend car but it is also perfect as a city runaround.”

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