DAYTRIPPER by The Beatles was Christmas No1, The Sound Of Music the biggest film and Liverpool won their first FA Cup…1965 was some year.

And Seat say it was the year their car industry was born with the iconic 600.

Made by Seat under licence by Fiat – with clear family origins to the legendary 500 – the 600 was built for 15 years, during which time 800,000 were sold.

For the Barcelona Motor Show this week, a team of 30 people spent 1,500 hours restoring a classic 600 convertible.

Classic Seat 600

Classic Seat 600

The little Seat was built in 1965, but following a private buyer’s ownership it was left unused for 25 years, which meant extensive mechanical, body and electrical work had to be completed – with over 1,000 parts restored or replaced.

Inside the 600 is 50 metres of bespoke ‘houndstooth’ black and white fabric, while the original steering wheel and horn button have remained intact.

The ‘corned beef tin’ manually sliding roof has also been hand restored. Project head Angel Lahoz claims the result is “almost better than when it originally left the factory” 52 years ago.

Like The Beatles 52 years ago, we’d love a Daytrip to Barca to drive this beauty…

Phil Lanning

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