Project Pit Vol III: March 2015

Hear ye, hear ye, read all about it! Plenty of rotting classics are coming to a website near you. Grab your wallets as the junk stall has returned for another month.

Motor Hipster are fully aware that half of the fun of owning classic cars is restoring them back to their former glory. Enduring painful rust, endless hours squatting in a damp garage and sourcing impossibly rare parts online. Join us in a communal celebration, and sample some recent finds on the interweb.


1950 Fiat Topolino Belvedere


As the name implies, Motor Hipsters loved cool cars before they were cool. The Fiat Topolino fits the bill perfectly, owing to the roaring triumph of its successor: The Fiat 500. The 500 before the 500 is a rare beast in today’s world, with few surviving. We have found one in Australia via Car and Classic, with a measly 55,000 miles on the clock. Whilst non-Australian readers may struggle to justify bringing this imperfect Italian classic back to Britain, they must first consider the rarity of this beast. If the advert is a reliable source, there are only 50 right hand-drive Topolino Belvederes in the world. This is one of them…


1980 Mitsubishi Colt Sapporo

Admit it, you’d forgotten about these? The Mitsubishi Colt Sapporo is now so rare that Mitsubishi UK had to import an example recently from Ireland to fill their heritage fleet. Only five are listed on‘s database, as of last year, so be sure to snap up this extremely rare opportunity. After sitting in dry storage for 17 years, the seller claims subtly that this Sapporo “needs work”. Challenge accepted!


1982 Toyota Celica ST Coupe

Not for the amateurs amongst us. No amount of T-Cut will save this early Celica. Now an incredibly rare sight on British roads, this Japanese classic needs to be saved. The Celica became one of Toyota’s most loved sports cars, and this example needs a bit of tender loving care to show its true colours. Located in Romford, this Toyota does come with some service history and old MOTs for bedtime reading. The eBay auction is currently running at just over £60, making this a bargain base project for those seeking a lengthy challenge.


by Mike Armstrong


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