– cute little blue Fiat 500
– carries proudly its “nuova” badge from half a century ago
– built in 1967 and registered in Italy until recently
– in 2017 imported into Germany
– 500 cc 2-cylinder engine with 13 kW (18 hp) of power
– front-hinged doors, not a bit suicidal
– chrome bumpers front and rear
– round-scale speedometer
– most important of all: the iconic foldable roof, an absolute must-have for this type of car
– Italian registration documents
Here it comes, the archetype of a small bubble car! A car that you simply can’t avoid falling in love with: the Fiat 500, introduced in 1957. It is both an icon of the 60s as well as a symbol of Italian compact design.
With the facelifted F-model, front-hinged doors were introduced at the 500 for the first time, replacing the so-called “suicide doors” of earlier models. Power comes from a rear-mounted 496 cc engine with a performance of 13 kW (18 hp).
People wanting more luxury, had to pick up the Fiat 500 F L: quilted side panels, map pockets in the doors, chrome bracket on the bumpers and a broadband speedometer with fuel gauge were the top features. The 500 F was built from 1965 to 1972. It also served various customizers as the basis for visual and technical changes. In 1972, the last variant, called 500 R (“Rinnovata”) was introduced, it remained in production until 1975. In total, over 3.7 million units of the Fiat 500 were built. The unbroken popularity of this model led Fiat to introduce a retro-styled new Fiat 500 in 2007.