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This casting had another trip out the following year as the FIAT 2100. The only difference I can see between the two is the two-tone paint job, a Venetian blind in the rear window and jewelled lights on the 2100. You can see on the base-plate of the 2100 where they have re-used the casting for the 1800 and stuck a new piece of metal over the old name with the new one stamped on it! Even the patent numbers are the same.

The FIAT 1800 is listed in the Great Book of Corgi as being pale blue or light tan. The pale blue version can have a darker blue roof or be pale blue all over. The car is also in found in pale yellow, I wonder if the yellow and light tan cars are just versions of the same shade?

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Ramsay also lists a mustard yellow car at a good premium, the other colours seem to be valued fairly consistently with a small premium for the two-tone blue.

This pale yellow example is a bit of a puzzle, the base has definitely been taken off at some stage but I cannot see any evidence of restoration, the windows are cracked, the paint is worn, the tyres look original and the silver paint is obviously mask-sprayed, not done with a brush. I wonder why it was done? It may be a pre-production prototype.


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