The Puch 500 was a small car produced by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the city of Graz, Austria.
In 1954 it was decided at Steyr-Puch to resume car production post war. Because of the high costs associated with the development of a completely new design, an agreement was made with Fiat to acquire and adapt the body in of their Fiat 500 model. Of the body, only the engine cover and later the roof were produced in-house, however the engine, transmission and carriage were all manufactured by Steyr-Puch.
The car in the pictures is believed to be one of only 33 righthand drive Steyr Puch 500 ‘s produced and to the best of our knowledge, one of only two cars known to remain. The other car resides in the Steyr Puch museum in Austria.
This Steyr Puch 500 was first registered in the UK on October 21st 1960 to Ryders of Liverpool as the original UK demonstration car.
Purchased by the current vendor one year ago from the previous owner of 28 years where it has been stored in Southern Ireland. The 500 received a sympathetic restoration some years ago while in storage and is still in very good condition throughout.
A lovely nod to the cars origins are a picture of a lady complete with mini-skirt which sits inside the key ring of the original key.
After storage of some 28 years this wonderful little car has been brought back to the road this year, with a fresh interior trim, new tyres and very few other minor mechanical touches. It is a suicide door early model.
This stunningly unique 500 is an intricate piece of the Steyr/Fiat family, this surely is an opportunity for both Steyr and Fiat collector’s internationally.