Fiat is celebrating 57 years since the launch of the iconic 1957 “Nuova” Cinquecento with the 500 1967 Edition. The commemorative Fiat 500 pays homage to the classic design. It sports a vintage look thanks to old-school 16-inch alloy wheels with a wide chrome lip, unique vintage-style badges dotted around the body and a strip of chrome at the rear.
A choice of Bianco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green) or Celeste (blue) is available, with the roof of the two latter colours contrasting with a Bianco roof and matching mirrors.
On the inside Fiat has applied yet more nods to the 500 1967 Edition’s. An Avorio (ivory) interior and Marrone (brown) leather seats, complete with accent stitching, sit besides Grigio (grey) door panels. Modern styling, this most certainly isn’t.
There’s yet more of the Avorio colouring on the leather steering wheel, with the inner-ring encased in the Marrone as well as yet another ‘retro’ Fiat badge. Oh, and you get a special edition key fob to show to friends and family.
Fiat has been kind enough to make the changes more than just cosmetic. A 276-watt, six-speaker Fiat sound system and “sport-tuned” suspension come as standard. Sad news if you were expecting something more age appropriate, like a gramophone.
Under the bonnet of the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a modern-day 1.4-litre MultiAir engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This means it should achieve around 40mpg when cruising on quieter roads and 31mpg about town.
Lazier drivers (or those with an automatic licence) can specify a 6-speed automatic.
“Created for Italian car and design fans who want an added sense of the historic Cinquecento’s spirit, the ‘1957 Edition’ features unique styling elements, material finishes and, of course, a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension,” a Fiat America brand bigwig commented.
The original Fiat Nuova 500 was built to provide efficient and affordable motoring for an Italy emerging from World War 2, becoming a big part in the country’s economic recovery. Production ceased 18 years later on August 4th, 1975.
If you happen to live in North America you will be able to get your hands on one in Spring 2014 for an as yet disclosed price, assuming the production run is forgiving. No word on a UK release.
Those who are crave a Fiat 500 but can’t wait around for a special edition could save themselves £1,192 on a new Fiat 500 Pop.
2014 Fiat 500 1967 Edition pictures