ellie.jones_39242 Apr 23

Restorer of the Year

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Never buy a car that's just a box of bits, the experts always tell us. All sorts of parts might be missing, and you'll have no feel for what the car was like before it came apart, but that didn’t stop Colin Hitchcock, winner of Practical Classics Restorer of the Year competition.

When he brought home the pile of pieces that was to become this beautiful 1973 Fiat 500L, he was on a mission and the rest of the family got stuck into it too. Could son Nathan (12) be the youngest welder yet to feature in PC? If so, he could probably teach the rest of us a thing or two, this rebuild is absolutely superb.

1973 Fiat 500L
ENGINE - 499cc/2-cyl/OHV
POWER - 18bhp@4600rpm
TORQUE - 22lb ft@3000rpm
GEARBOX - 4-speed manual
0-60MPH - N/A
TOP SPEED - 59mph
FUEL ECONOMY - 50mpg approx
WEIGHT - 1167lb (530kg)
PRICE WHEN NEW - £579

Well done Colin, winner of the coveted Golden Spanner award, which will be presented at 11.30am on Friday 23rd March on the Practical Classics stand in Hall 5.

This restoration was voted the very best of the year by Practical Classics readers. Second place was Brian Cox with his GT6 rest and third was the Austin 8cwt restored by Gary Brown and James Bostock.