London, England - Jenny Squillaci and her Sicilian husband Vittorio’s quirky little Fiat 500 has soared in value to £6000 (R132 000) since they bought it in Italy 15 years ago for just £50 - then about R570.
But old cars are less reliable than more modern vehicles and the couple happily admit that over the years the 50-year-old Fiat has cost them a small fortune to maintain.
Jenny, 68, from Basingstoke in Hampshire, is editor of the Fiat 500 Enthusiasts Club’s magazine. She says: “The nature of older vehicles is that they occasionally develop faults and break down - it’s part of the charm of buying a car of character.
“The biggest return you will get is in the fun your car brings - it can provide joy for all the family and even raise a smile and wave from strangers as you drive past.