Ferves Ranger

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The Ferves was an Italian automobile manufactured from 1965 until 1970. Based on the Fiat 500, it was a multi-purpose car powered by a rear-mounted 499 cc two-cylinder in-line engine. It was available as a two-wheel drive or four wheel drive and had a maximum speed of around 45 mph. There was also a cargo version with a carrying capacity of 300 kg. The engine and steering were from the Fiat 500 and the suspension and brakes from the Fiat 600. The chassis numbers commenced at 300 for the passenger version and 100 for the cargo.

First seen at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. The car was designed by Carlo Ferrari, and its name is derived from the abbreviation of Ferves (FERrari VEicoli Speciali) introduced the Ranger as a small off-road" derivative of the Fiat 500 and Fiat 600. The car had an open body with 4 vinyl-covered seats, a folding windscreen, and removable suicide doors on early models, later models had normally hinged doors. All 600 cars built were Left Hand Drive.

The Ranger was available in two- and four-wheel-drive versions, allowing for either relaxed around-town driving or to cover terrain that no other microcar could hope to traverse. This was aided by a very low gear ratio. In fact, the Ranger can be driven easily at walking speeds. Ferves would go on to produce approximately 600 Rangers, of which it is believed that fewer than 50 such delightful cars remain.

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