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Friday 1st July 2011

SOTW: Fiat Tipo 2.0ie 16v

Italian? Check. Rare? Check. Beautiful? Er...



The Italians are a lucky people. They are blessed with a language that, at least in comparison with our harsh Anglo Saxon tongue, can make the mundane sound impossibly exotic. Think Quattroporte (lit. four-door) and you'll see what I mean.

It's the same with today's Shed of the week: Fiat Tipo 2.0ie Sedicivalvole sounds genuinely exciting. And yet the English transliteration, 'Fiat Type 2.0ie 16-valve', doesn't even make a great deal of sense as well as sounding rubbish.

But it's not only that - the Tipo Sedicivalvole is quite a rare beastie these days, with only a handful of cars registered in the UK still on the road. So it's Italian, exotic-sounding, and rare. Shame it looks, even if we're being as polite as possible, a bit boxy.


Fortunately, the Tipo Sedici has quite a bit going for it, in as much it was considered to be quite a fun steer in its day and, with 143bhp on hand courtesy of an engine borrowed from the Lancia Thema, is quite fleet of foot even today, with 0-60mph dealt with in a respectable eight-and-a-bit seconds and a 130mph top speed.

This particularly Tip Sed looks somewhat less Sheddy than the average SOTW, with few bodywork blemishes, a long MOT and an even longer service history file. Okay, so the electrics aren't in 100 per cent working order, but the windows and sunroof still open and close electrically, so you're part of the way there - and it wouldn't be an Italian car without some sort of electrical gremlin.


So there you go. If you want a cheap, rare, fast Italian car, get yourself a TS - if you can find one. And that's not something we ever thought we'd be writing about a Fiat Tipo...

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Fiat Tipo 2.0 i.e. 16v Sedicivalvole (1995)
114,000 miles £995

Fiat Tipo 2.0 i.e. 16v Sedicivalvole
Unfortunately due to a change in personal terms and circumstances, I'm going to have to sell my Tipo.
After wishing for a "Sedici" for the past 10 years or so, I finally lay my hands on this one fairly recently. It's quite stunning...
The car has really been looked after and cared for with no expense spared. It comes with full comprehensive service history along with receipt after receipt. Around £800 was spent on it a couple of months ago.
Inside is absolutely immaculate. Looks as good as it did when it was brand new. Also, the body work is really good. Obviously its 16 years old so it has the odd blemish but nothing major and things that are hardly noticeable.
All tyres are good and the MOT still has around 10 months left to run. Tax expires 31st October 2011 so all you need to do is insure and drive away.
These cars are so rare nowadays and to find one in this condition was a bit of a God send however as I'm now moving houses I need all the money I can get so it has to go (I simply bought the car for a weekend toy and have another 2 cars within the household!).
I'd welcome any viewings / inspection if you're genuinely interested. Current mileage is just over 114k but may go up slightly.
Finally, all the electric windows & sunroof works. The passenger mirror doesn't but the driver's does. Central looking doesn't work either however I haven't checked any fuses as none of that has bothered me...it was bought for the amazing drive and engine noise!! Fairly new JVC cd player fitted.
Any questions then please don't hesitate to e-mail or call on - 079444477448

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johnpeat

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Interesting shed - I actually fancied one of these back in the day!!

I drove a slightly lesser variant at the time and it was a decent steer - tho it fell apart pretty thoroughly smile

Rollcage

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Always been interested in one of these, hadn't realised they were worth as much as that!

Chrisw666

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I want that shed.

Goodfella 555

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Harsh Anglo Saxon tongue - how dare you, what

vit4

3,370 posts

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- Mobile number's too long! Oops on the seller's behalf there confused


Best SOTW in a while though, methinks, these have a strange amount of appeal! biggrin
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richardaucock

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Brilliant stuff - remember it from my yoof. Loved it for several reasons, including the cracking set of seats and the dial-packed dashboard. The digital dash was cool to a 12 year old, but a gazillion dials was cooler still...

The 'Sedicivalvole' script on the number plate finisher was also not only liked, but used for language and pronounciation training, too. Maybe should've concentrated on the German lessons actually in school, but hey.

sawman

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I searched for one of these when looking for a shed to run, but there where none to be seen anywhere. A pal of mine had one back in the day, it was great fun

oilit

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i had a black 5 door one as a new company car once - and then swopped it in for a 405 MI16 - i was too young and stupid to realise what I really had - they are both as rare as rocking horse dirt these days - I have been looking for one for a while - but I never knew they did a 3 door version of the sedici, and I am pretty sure it should have headlamp wipers and the alloys were in a strange 2 tones of grey when new !

Quick car in its time, but if i remember well it had a penchant for eating oil - even when new - so gawd only knows what they would be like now !

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forzaminardi

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Lovely, I thought these looked ace back in the day. I'd be tempted by that if it wasn't so far away.

X5TUU

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is there only me that thinks this is an abomination and not Shed worthy?!? dont like it one little bit and def wouldnt part with any spondoolicks for it

Rovinghawk

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Couldn't be bothered to check the fuses- sounds like someone interested in keeping the car in good working order?

RH

Bladedancer

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Wow, a Tipo that hasn't rusted into a brown pile yet. Good effort.

benjfrst

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regular group test winner in original 'Performance Car' mag.

sisley

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Cracking car back in the day

supersingle

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Bladedancer said:
Wow, a Tipo that hasn't rusted into a brown pile yet. Good effort.
Fiats didn't rust much by the time the Teapot came along. Certainly better than their contemporary Fords, VWs and Vauxhalls.

A friend of mine had a 1.4 as his first car. It went and handled brilliantly as well as being very practical.

The styling has a certain 80s charm to it.

Gizmo!

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Wow, this must have been looked after.

Rare as anything now...

Liquid Knight

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Criminally under-rated hot hatch, one of the best around and still competetive today on track. Everyone who ever wasted time fitting a Mi16 to a 205 to build something not as good as this. Excellent handling, superb powerhouse of an engine that just goes and goes also quite rare nowerdays and potential classic investment for the future.

I don't normally comment on SOTW threads but this one is special. driving

sledge68

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[quote=X5TUU]is there only me that thinks this is an abomination and not Shed worthy?!? dont like it one little bit and def wouldnt part with any spondoolicks for it

yes it seems to be only you

Hub

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Bladedancer said:
Wow, a Tipo that hasn't rusted into a brown pile yet. Good effort.
Am I right in thinking they made a big thing about the bodywork being galvanised... but the chassis still crumbled?

Still, a rare car. Never really up there with the most desirable hot hatches, but something different and quick for its day.

sledge68

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i wanted one fo these due to the de tuned integrale engine but could not afford the insurance as a young un, fortunately had the luckiness to own an integrale

they do tend to use oil when wellied, the integrale does, some engines just do, my old sri cavalier used to, its not a bad thing to use oil, as the owner you just have to make sure the vehicle is topped up

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