The Fiat 500, Cinquecento, is a city car designed by Dante Giacosa and produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat (Fabbrica Italiano Automobili Torino) between 1957 and 1975.
Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957,it was a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 2.97 metres (9 feet 9 inches) long, and originally powered by an appropriately sized 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term “small car” and is considered one of the first city cars.
Like all tourists I can’t ever get enough of looking at or remarking on these cars as they go whizzing through Rome and all of Italy for that matter. Weekends seem to be the best time to spot these beauties especially those that have been restored and are in perfect condition.
I often think about what it would be like to bring one of these original beauties home to Baltimore. In 2007 similar to Mini Cooper, Fiat reintroduced the Cinquecento with strong styling cues from the original ’57 and sales have skyrocketed. FiatUSA
- History of Fiat 500 (Wikipedia)
- Fiat 500 Club Italia (Official website)
- Fiat Brings a Pair of Angry Abarths to Frankfurt [2013 Frankfurt Auto Show] (caranddriver.com)