The essential guide to purchasing a Fiat 500 or 600, it allows both the novice and accustomed Fiat enthusiast to appraise a potential purchase with professional confidence, identifying what to look for in order to acquire the right car at the right price. With Malcolm Bobbitt’s concise and easy to follow guide which is packed with sound advice and backed up by specially selected illustrations, the route through checking a car’s provenance is made all the easier. Use of the guide will determine within minutes of viewing a car whether more time should be spent evaluating the vehicle. Packed with the right information, this is your passport to joining the Fiat community and, thus, a unique motoring experience. Packed with 100 new detail pictures and with a unique points system to score a potential purchase, this book is a must for any potential small Fiat owner.
About the Author
Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than thirty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have been published as foreign language editions. As a regular contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photography have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians and Society of Authors, Malcolm is acclaimed for his books on Rolls-Royce and Bentley, which include a companion volume on the Silver Spirit and Bentley Mulsanne as well as an Essential Buyer's Guide to the Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley, both of which are published by Veloce. Other Rolls-Royce and Bentley related titles include histories of the Crewe and Derby factories and a biography of W.O. Bentley.
Married to Jean and living on the northern edge of England's Lake District, Malcolm has an interest in all forms of transport. He also enjoys activities as diverse as public speaking, fell walking, classical music, collecting motoring ephemera and getting behind the wheel of his early British-built Citroen DS.
What People are Saying About This
"It is the essential guide to purchasing a baby Fiat, identifying what to look for in order to acquire the right car at the right price." – Fleet Car
Auto Italia, June 2008
A beginner's guide to identifying the multitude of Fiat 500 models, the sister 600 and the restoration thereof. It's all pretty straightforward stuff with advice like, "Attempting a basket case might initially be tempting. To see the project through requires much commitment, however." Not to mention tons of cash, which will far exceed the value of the car!
If you are new to the classic car game, then this book would be quite useful. It's not a masterpiece of design and layout, but then it doesn't really need to be.
Fiat Club Africa, 2008
Now here is an interesting book. I have many prospective and existing club members who have an endless set of questions about these little gems; which is the better, a 500 or a 600? Will I like it? What are the differences? How practical? And so forth.
In this handy sized book, Malcolm tries to answer the major questions covering the Fiat 500, 126 and 600 mainstream models through the years and point out the many positives as well as the pitfalls, that a 50-year-old car could have. Both the 500 and 600 have seen a huge upsurge in interest of late both with the revival of Fiat as a company doing exceptional small cars again and of course with the latest fashion icon the New 500, due to come to South Africa this year.
This book will help the reader select the best option for and guide the reader through the tire kicking and buying processes in Malcolm’s concise, easy and often humorous writing style. As a relatively small book, it however is not an encyclopedia on these models and does miss out some of the detail that could leave the deep enthusiast a little frustrated. For everyone else this is a great book, even if you decide that the real McCoy is not for you, and you would rather plump for a New 500 with all the toys, you will not have wasted your money.
Enjoy the read and happy hunting.
Classic Cars, June 2008
UK magazine Circulation: 49,000
Veloce's range of Essential Buyer's Guides keeps on expanding, with these two titles by Malcolm Bobbitt taking on two extremes of the classic market - Rolls-Royce and Fiat. It's a tried and trusted format, covering common faults, model variations and the state of their particular market. Before you even think of buying the car, it's worth investing a in one of these little books. You need to know what you're getting into.