1948 Fiat 500 Topolino Coupe / 500B 134881 Chassis Information

1948 Fiat 500 Topolino
Coupe
Chassis #: 500B 134881
Engine # 131699
Sold for $18,700 at 2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $28,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona.
Fiat produced the Topolino from 1937 to 1955 with more than 500,000 made. When it was introduced it was one of the smallest cars in the world. The two-passenger coupe was powered by a 569cc four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed gearbox. Officially called '500', it was soon given the nickname Topolino, literally 'little mouse.' The engine featured two-main bearings and offered 13 horsepower. In the front were transverse leaf spring independent suspension while the rear had a transverse leaf spring setup. Fuel supply was by gravity from a firewall-mounted tank.

When introduced, Fiat entered a team of 32 examples in the Mille Miglia, with the fastest example averaging nearly 50 mph. The popularity of the Topolino helped push Fiat production to a new record in 1937, with nearly 84,000 examples built by the time Italy entered World War II.

Over the production lifespan of the Topolino, very few changes were made. In 1938, the car was given semi-elliptic rear suspension and four-seat cabriolets were added the following year. In 1948 came a new model, the 500B, with overhead valves.

This particular example is finished in light grey with red painted wheels and a brown interior. It wears an older restoration and came to the United States in 1985 when it was imported from Italy by then owner Alberto Pedretti.

The current owner acquired the car in the late 1990s.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014

2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$15,000-$25,000 
Sale Price :
$28,000

2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction

Sale Price :
$18,700

2019 1
2017 1
2016 4
2014 1
2013 1
2010 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$28,000$28,0001
2017$2,874$2,8741
2016$24,544$40,7004
2014$18,700$18,7001
2013$17,362$17,3621
2010$23,770$23,7701

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Fiat 500B Topolino Cabriolet
Chassis#: 500B131699
Sold for $28,000
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
1948 Fiat 500 Topolino image  
1948 Fiat Topolino 500B
Sold for $2,874
  2017 Anglia Auction
 
1948 FIAT TOPOLINO 500 C
Chassis#: 118543
Sold for $17,600
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1948 Fiat 500B Topolino Cabriolet
Chassis#: 500B 131188
Sold for $40,700
  2016 The Finest : Aspen
 
1948 Fiat Topolino Cabriolet
Sold for $17,050
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1948 Fiat 500A Topolino Cabriolet
Sold for $22,825
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1948 Fiat 500B Topolino Cabriolet
Chassis#: 500B 134881
Sold for $18,700
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1948 Fiat 500 Topolino image  
1948 Fiat 500 B Topolino
Chassis#: 128425
Sold for $17,362
  2013 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 
1948 Fiat Topolino 500B Coupe
Chassis#: 500B139333
Sold for $23,770
  2010 Shannons Auctions - 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Fiat 500 Topolino's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

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Chassis Num: 500B 134881
Engine Num: 131699
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