The Crusader model was a New Zealand version of the Fiat 1500 that preceded the 124/125 series. The New Zealand importer, Torino Motors, marketed the 1500 as the “Crusader” with corresponding badging .The car’s 75 hp engine, combined with its lightweight construction was unusual for the time, especially when considering the price. Front wheels were equipped with disc brakes with four-pot calipers while rear brakes were alloy drums.
The 1500’s were also assembled by Yugoslavia’s Zastava and Fiat’s German subsidiary, Neckar Automobil AG, as well as in South Africa. The 1500’s were conventional cars with longitudinally, front-mounted engines powering the rear axle via a four-speed manual transmission with a column gear change. Like most Fiats, the Crusader liked to be driven hard and this four door Italian saloon is no exception. It is rare to find a practical saloon with such a sporting classic feel. The styling of the Crusader is fantastic and this example finished in its original colour combination is a show stopper.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase a New Zealand new example. First registered in Christchurch on the 10th of May 1966, this Fiat has remained a Christchurch car, even having the engine and gearbox reconditioned by Manchester Fiat in 1990.
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