This car is probably the rarest 500 in the world, No.200 of 200 limited edition Fiat Ferrari Dealer car.
History of these car as follows, in 2008, Ferrari approached Fiat for 200 cars to be used at their main dealerships as courtesy cars . Only 60 of these were right hand drive. They never went on sale to the public and only now are they finding their way into the public domain as dealers sell them off. It is rumoured that the dealers were forced by Ferrari to buy these cars at full price of £34,000.
I have searched for these cars and the evidence so far indicates that the first 132 cars were a standard 1.4 engine with 100 BHP (found car for sale with badge 132. http://graemehunt.com/motorcar/89/2008-fiat-500f-sport-ferrari-ltd-edition-number-132-of-200).
This car is far from a standard 1.4 with 100 BHP. It is the last of the 68 cars (could be even less as no one knows how many after car 132 were the higher Abarth spec which this car is).
It is unkown as to what modifications Ferrari made to the later cars but they are seriously brutal and super fast. Rumoured mods are performance tyres, which are fitted to 17-inch alloy wheels, and a variable back-pressure Record Monza dual mode exhaust that changes the engine sound above 3000rpm. Sabelt racing seats, The suspension and braking systems have been strengthened to cope with the extra power; 284mm Brembo discs with four-piston calipers provide stopping power. On the face of it, these cars look like a standard Abarth, the elements that distinguish it from that are the quad exhaust and the 'Ferrari 200' sticker on the windscreenon the outside, on the inside, the 'Ferrari Dealer' kick plates, the sabelt race seats and the ID plate with the 200-200 (see pics in main gallery)
This car is from the Dick Lovett dealership and has covered 35,000 miles with Full Service History.
I will be having this car checked at DK engineering and will post the results of the inspection here as soon as they are finished.
It is believed that the popularity of these cars inspired Fiat to approach Ferrari and re invent them as the 695 Tributo model, 600 of these were made of which 200 were right hand drive.
What makes the 'Dealer' cars more desirable than the '695's' is the maths, there are only 200 in existence as opposed to 600 of the 695's, only 60 RHD where the 695's are 200. Also, the Dealer' cars have the more desirable manual gear shift, way better than the paddle shift of the '695' and the dealer cars never went on sale to the public increasing their rarity.
What makes this one the rarest is it is No.200 of 200, the very last made of the 68 known Abarth versions, No.1 would be rarer but isn't as less desirable 100BHP version!