Westrand Car Show - Seat 600

Seat 600

The SEAT 600 is a city car made in Spain by SEAT from May 1957 to August 1973 under licence from Fiat. It was a relatively inexpensive vehicle (then 60,000 Spanish pesetas) and was based on the 1955 version of the Fiat 600.

Technically, the car was basic and not very modern with a rear-engined and rear wheel-drive layout. The engine was a four-cylinder, water-cooled unit originally with a displacement of 633 cc and later 767 cc.

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The initial two series were the 600 and the 600 D two-door saloon, distinguishable by the use of “suicide doors”. The third-series 600 E had conventional doors, bigger headlamps, a different plastic grille, and other improvements. The cream car below has the suicide doors while the blue one in the featured image has conventional doors.

The final version was the 600 L Especial, produced only for a few months in 1973. A commercial body called the Seat 600 Formichetta was also available.

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A four-door saloon version of the 600 – the Seat 800, was launched in September 1963 and built up to 1968. It was known as a four-door 600, although the official designation was 800. This car was only built in Spain.

Over 790 000 Seat 600s and 18,000 Seat 800s were made until 1973. They were exported to several European and South American Countries. The Fiat version enjoyed far less success in its homeland than the Spanish model, because the Italian market was more advanced and had many competing marques than the Spanish.

Among the reasons for ending production were the thin and weak B pillars, which made seat belt installation very difficult. The Seat 600 was replaced by the far less successful SEAT 133.

The Seat below is badged as a Seat Abarth 750. Seen at the Pretoria Old Motor Club Show – August 2019

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION
Featured Image – Blue Seat 600  – Jordiferrer [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Seat 600 Formichetta – Julikeishon [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Cream Seat 600 – Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden [CC BY 2.0]
Yellow Seat Abarth 750 – Bruce Andrew (3 Images)