Wow, it’d been a while since I’d last seen one of these cars. I’d forgotten just how small they are too; almost comically sized by today’s standards at just 16cm longer than an original mini.
Powered by a 1.1-litre FIRE engine taken from the Punto, the Fiat Cinquecento Sporting has 53hp, which is a lot for something that weighs less than 700kg.
The Sporting also got a close-ratio gearbox and lower suspension with the addition of a front anti-roll bar. Inside there was a different interior with sports seats, red seatbelts and the luxury of a rev counter. The Sporting normally wears 13in alloy wheels, but those have clearly been switched for steels on this example.
It’s difficult to find credible reviews of this car, but everything I’ve read regarded them as a lot of fun. One thing that’s definitely not as positive is the well documented and utterly abysmal Euro NCAP crash test performance of these cars – or rather its largely similar Seicento successor.
N951HHY could never be described as a tidy example, but it’s clearly one that someone is keen to keep on the roads. Its MOT history details some pretty extensive and expensive failures, so kudos to the owner for keeping it going.
|Registration Number:||N951 HHY|
|First registered (UK):||1 January 1995|