Explore Like James May with this Fiat Panda 4x4
The Columbia Special episode of the Grand Tour has made the otherwise mediocre Fiat Panda 4x4 immortalized in the hearts of all fans of Grand Tour. James had his issues with the little thing, but we all can at least recognize the little Fiat just from that episode.
The 4x4 version of the Panda was supposed to be the rugged, tough, off road version of the dreary little Panda. In reality, the package did little to help with offroading prowess, considering nothing was done to the suspension of the car. Modifications included a transversely mounted engine, and 4WD, with an ultra-low gear. The entire drivetrain was from Austrian supplier Steyr-Puch. The Panda 4x4 was powered by a 965cc inline 4 making 48 screaming brake horsepower. The engine compartment is shared by the engine and the spare tire.
This example has covered just 100k kilometers, or 62k miles, although total mileage is unknown. It has all of the normal features of the 4x4 (5-speed manual, 4WD, etc.). It's got a nice little roofrack, as well as an aftermarket stereo. One of the previous owners put in some houndstooth and diamond plating interior pieces in, but that can be easily removed if they don't fit your taste.
The tiny, tiny rims are wrapped in slightly less tiny all-terrain tires, ready to conquer the gravel parking lot. Since these tires are so tiny, and probably nearly impossible to find in the United States, a second set is included in the sale. A stainless steel exhaust tip has been fitted in addition.
But, the best part of this car, is that it has already been imported to the United States. It also has a clean title, which means you should have no issues registering it. Yes, that's right, someone has already paid the sometimes thousands of dollars it takes to import a car, making this one pretty cheap with the current bid at $3,000 with 2 days left on bid. The vehicle is being auctioned without reserve.
Imagine rolling around the Northeast winters here in a Panda 4x4. I'd imagine you'd have to seal the undercarriage in order to prevent rust, but that can be easily done. How much do you think this Panda 4x4 will sell for?