I bought this 1972 Fiat 500L in Napoli, Italia. The car has had two owners prior to myself that I know of. It was originally registered in Bologna, Italy and... Show more appears to have been repainted since. The original owner put newer Fiat rims on the car and updated the a portion of the steering column. He also attempted to put a cheap antique fuel security system on the car. I am working on putting the car back into as close to original condition as I can inside and out. I am still contemplating whether or not to keep the engine 100% original. Some components have already been replaced with updated equipment. For instance I have a alternator instead of a generator. I also have an inline fuel filter, which from what I understand was not stock, at least not in the engine compartment. I have seen other fuel filters installed just after the fuel tank. Has anyone had any positive or negative feedback on the Abarth upgrades? Does anyone know where to get Abarth parts at a reasonable price? EBay is ridiculous when it comes to these parts. The first two I am thinking about buying are the Aluminum valve cover and oil sump. Show Less
06AUG07 I did a valve adjustment today, it seemed to have lessened the tapping noise. I ensured the engine was cold, used the feeler to adjust the valves as ... Show morespecified in the shop manual. Has anyone done this yet? Any tips...
All 500's were fitted with a fabric sunroof. In such a small car, this feature almost makes it feel like a convertible. Show Less
Front Luggage Bay With the engine at the back, the trunk is situated up front. Because the front compartment holds the spare tire and fuel tank, there isn... Show more9;t much room for anything else.
Rear Suspension The rear suspension is made up of semi-trailing arms with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. Show Less
Air-Cooled twin The rear mounted straight twin engine is all-alloy with detachable cylinder barrels. A steel cowling surrounds the engine and an engine-drive... Show moren fan circulates air around the finned cylinder barrels and head. It is a pushrod unit, with a single camshaft and two valves per cylinder. The 1972 Fiat 500L has a 499-cc unit producing 18 bhp at 4,600 rpm.
Basic Interior The 500L is the best equipped of the range and, unlike previous models, has a carpet in place of rubber mats. Show Less