Whether or not you’re a fan of tiny things—from homes to campers—there is a good chance this darling microcar by Carlo Ferrari will make you smile. Known as the Ferves Ranger—‘Ferves’ being an acronym built from the first letters of Ferrari Veicoli Speciali—the peppy off-roader was first unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show in Northwest Italy.
Though the car is undoubtably cute, rest assured it sports form and function. Ferrari crafted the durable Italian vehicle to have both off- and on-road capabilities: It features independent front and rear suspension, an air-cooled, two-cylinder engine, and a four-speed manual transmission. He also designed it to be super lightweight, so owners could push, pull, or slide the car, if needed.
At the 1966 Turin Motor Show, two models of the Ferves Ranger were revealed: a two-wheel drive variant and a four-wheel drive variant. In both, a variety of Fiat parts were used for the cars’ makeups, including pieces from the Fiat 500 and Fiat 600D. Ferrari also kept the exterior simple, relying on steel and aluminum for the frame. All these design decisions make the vehicle relatively easy to repair and maintain.
Despite the positive reception and accolades the car received when it was revealed, only about 600 ended up being produced. Today, it is estimated that there are just 50 Ferves Rangers around—one of which is awaiting auction in Florida.
"The example RM Sotheby’s is offering at its Amelia Island sale is a beautifully presented two-wheel drive Ranger, and given the model scarcity, it is an opportunity that comes around very rarely," notes Peter Haynes of the real estate company. "On that basis, this fun and endearing little car is likely to attract numerous collectors and enthusiasts." Scroll ahead to see more of the vehicle, which goes to auction on May 22, 2021.
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