1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

X1/9 , 124 Coupe or Spider, 128, 131, or whatever your Fiat passion is. Talk about it here.
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1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

Post by Ed bay » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:40 pm

I'm a retired Toyota Master Diagnostic tech, and due to some ongoing back problems I've been restoring and repairing motorcycles, they're just easier for me to work on and I love motorcycles . Anyway to purchase a 69 Triumph Bonneville I had to buy this Fiat that's been sitting in a basement on blocks since 1969. It turns out to be a complete numbers matching osca 1500 . Now I'm on the fence about either getting it running, motor is out but is complete and turns over, looks great under valve covers. It could use a complete paint job and the usual restoration stuff, but really doesn't look like it would take a lot just to get it running and driving.
My question is how hard is it to get small parts like cables, brake reservoirs and things of that nature? Or maybe I should sell it to pay for the motorcycle restoration, anyone know what it's ballpark value is ?
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Re: 1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

Post by Chris Layton » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:58 pm

I dont know what its worth but it would be awesome to see it on the road again!
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Re: 1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

Post by Ed bay » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:40 am

To tell you the truth our Toyota dealership took on Fiats in the 80's and I really soured on them , I thought they had cheapened up from the old ones I worked on in my dad's foriegn car repair shop. But this little hybrid of Pininfarina, Maserati and Fiat is really a cool little car. And probably one of the few car's that's never came through any of my shops. Problem is I'm 61 and have a lot of projects and my own expiration date is drawing nearer and nearer do I need one more? Well maybe yes , this would be a great little car to have when my biking days are over.. decisions decisions you could probably paint this and get it in pretty nice shape for 15 grand or spend a couple thousand and get it running and driving just the way it is, thanks for listening, still haven't made a decision yet, it would be sacrilegious to let it just sit and rot.
Thanks for the reply .And the cheapo psychotherapy..
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Re: 1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

Post by twincam69 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:57 pm

Had a 1960 1200 I restored as a driver...same body but the pushrod engine. It was a nice little car but under powered, especially in today's traffic. I almost bought another a year ago that had a later 124 twin cam and 5 speed installed. I haven't seen an OSCA project come up lately so I can't say what the value is but if you decide to turn it into funds for your motorcycles, let me know. I may be interested even though I have more projects (a '71 124 Coupe and Spider) than time right now. I envy my friends with cycles since they can fit more into the same space as my cars!

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Re: 1962 118S 1500 osca cabriolet

Post by Ed bay » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:08 pm

I will post it if I decide to let it go.

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