Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rare Racer: 1971 Fiat Bertone 850 Racer Sport

Unlike its plentiful cousin the Fiat 850 Spider, very few Fiat 850 Racers were ever produced. These specially bodied hardtop coupes were made by one of Italy's greatest design studios, Bertone, and produced by that company's manufacturing division. This one out of Oceanside, California looks very complete and original, and shows just the right amount of patina.


Interested parties should do their homework. Many clone 850 Racers are running around, utilizing fiberglass hardtops that were period accessories for the more plentiful Spiders. Important but small details like the "Racer" badges should be in place along with other trim details to authenticate this car as a true Racer.


The opening bid of $12,850 for this car is probably a fair price...however at this point there has been no bids. Perhaps the seller might consider a close offer.


Despite it's "racy" name, these cars are really rather slow and fragile..much like many Fiats of that era. However the unique look provided by the fixed hardtop provide some collector cachet, and if you must go faster there is 40+ years of development available for the motor through many marque specialists.

4 comments:

  1. Hey Barnfinder. No posts for a while?

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  2. Hey Steen, thanks for keeping us honest! The truth is that we have been so busy chasing cars in real time that we haven't been able to blog about the virtual finds. Remember, you only see the cars that Barnfinder! passes on and not the ones we get.
    However I promise we will find something of interest to pass on to the readership. Thanks for looking in on us!

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  3. They made the bertone only one year....1970/....?

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  4. Thats odd I woned a 1971 850 racer (baratone) Boy am I confused now - came off the show room floor to boot.

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