Is this… a six-wheeled Fiat Panda?

As a nod to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator truck, which we’ve covered extensively over the past week, we dived into the Autoweek archives to find a review of the CJ-8 Scrambler…and walked away empty-handed.

But we’re back with this: a six-wheeled Fiat Panda we covered in the December 31, 1985 issue of Autoweek. At least one of them was built by Heilbronn, the bodywork workshop of Horst Koch Automobil GmbH in West Germany. And they were willing to build one for you for the equivalent of $6000 to start, plus the cost of a panda. You can even choose front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or six-wheel drive! Unfortunately, no mechanical details were provided in our article, and we couldn’t look for anything elsewhere. So we’re not really sure how the six-wheel drive system works here; The 4×4 Panda variant was introduced in 1983, so it was meant to be derived from that.

Why are we building this amazing Fiat offering in the first place? Well why not? Car customization tools tend to work with what’s available, and Panda has been (and still is) all over Europe. It spawned a lot of strange variants to build, but this six-wheeled vehicle is the strangest we’ve seen yet.

There is very little information available about how many mutant pandas have been produced, at least on the Internet in English. Something tells us this might be a one-off. But if the latest Mercedes-Benz AMG 6×6 is any indication, they may have sold more if they had paid six figures for it.

Autoweek December 31, 1985 Custom Fiat Panda Six Wheel Drive

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