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Seat restores original 600 convertible 

Tuesday 16 May 2017, By Autovolo

Seat restores original 600 convertible 

Seat restores original 600 convertible 

Seat is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its 600 city car by restoring one.

The Spanish carmaker has worked on an original 600 Convertible from 1965, which had been sitting for more than 25 years untouched.

A team of 30 people spent over 1,500 hours painstakingly restoring the rare little car back to its former glory - in precise detail.

Everything was completed by hand, including the 15 litres of period ‘bluish-grey’ paint used on every body panel.

The original seats were re-trimmed in a mix of leather and over 50 metres of hounds tooth fabric.

One stand out feature of this particular car is the manually winding fabric roof - it was completely restored by hand.

More than 1,000 original spare parts were used to complete the restoration, keeping the car as original as possible and close to the car that left the Barcelona factory 52 years ago.

The steering wheel and horn button are also totally original and add to the cars authenticity.

At the time of its release, the Seat 600 became an affordable car for the masses – costing 70,000 pesetas, equivalent to £361, about the same as a Mini of the period.

During its 16-year lifespan from 1957 to 1973, more than 800,000 were sold.

Ángel Lahoz, an engineer at the Seat technical centre who worked on the car,  said: “The final result is almost better than when it originally left the factory.”

Jordi Font, head of colour and trim at Seat said the car was “Absolutely on trend and reminiscent of the first 600s that came out”.