Cute 1973 Ferves Ranger Belonged to Phillipe Starck and Will Go to Auction

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There are so many great things about this unusual and distinctly Italian take on the compact off-roader that talking about it feels like reading a story. For starters, you’ll want to know there are about 50 remaining out of the 600 original examples.
Secondly, it’s an unusual contraption that you just can’t associate with anything else, even though The Ranger utilized a combination of elements from both the successful Fiat 500 and Fiat 600. There’s an 18-brake horsepower rear-mounted engine sourced from the 500 and the all-independent suspension from the Fiat 600D. It’s a hell of a ride, we’ll tell you this much, but pleasure does not source from its performance, rather from the unique design.

Before looking further into this particular contraption, we need to take a look at its family first. The Ferves Ranger was unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and was styled by Carlo Ferrari. In fact, its name is related to its creator since it’s derived from the abbreviation of FERrari VEicoli Speciali (which stands for Ferrari Special Vehicles). The car had an open body with 4 vinyl-covered seats, a folding windscreen, and removable suicide doors on early models. Later issues would come with normally hinged doors while all 600 units were Left Hand Drive.

Getting back to the issue in question, you’ll want to know it was first registered to the legendary designer Philippe Starck. This Ranger was also featured in the famous Paul Salmon Fiat Collection and keeps its original green color scheme with a black hood. The interior is finished in white vinyl with green and yellow stripe motive.

Perhaps you will not hit the Amazon jungle with this Italian off-roader, but imagine yourself cruising along the beach with it. The auto is that cool it almost looks better than the regular beach buggy these celebrities love so much nowadays. Sure, that’s a subjective call. As we said, the vehicle is going under the hammer on Monday, September 7 at Sotheby’s auction.
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