Chris Evans Fiat 126 goes to auction online


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A Fiat 126 Abarth replica owned by Top Gear's Chris Evans has gone to auction online.

Although there was never officially an Abarth version of the little 126, legendary race driver Mike Jordan wanted to create a version of the classic car that could live up to the tuning arm of Fiat's name.

After a pristine 126 was sourced in 2011, Jordan bought it and set to work stripping it to the bare shell. During its re-build, the car was treated to a new camshaft, an upgraded carburettor and an uprated gearbox. The seller reports that the cost of these modifications was upwards of £5,000.

The car was also treated to new chrome bumpers and a re-trimmed interior, as well as the eye-catching orange paintwork – which is reportedly what caught Evans' eye. Shortly after completion it was acquired by the new Top Gear presenter.

Thanks to a four-cylinder engine, the 126 could reach 60mph in 11 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 98mph.

Chris Evans Fiat 126 goes to auction online

Chris Evans Fiat 126 goes to auction online

Evans sold the Fiat alongside many other vehicles at a sale in August, which saw the little Italian car go under the hammer with six Ferraris, a Mercedes 280SL Pagoda and even a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica.

When the auction finally ended, the 126 had sold for £14,375.

It is now on sale once more, with an auction price of £16, 995, which represents a significant difference over the figure it achieved at the sale in August. Located in Portsmouth, the seller states that they are welcome to offers, and that the car is available to view.