Added: 08 December 2016
The Fiat 500 is an Italian icon in the automotive industry with the original concept being launched back in 1957. Post-World War 2 Italy was in need of a cheap and practical car to hit the market place that would be ideal for driving in the towns and city areas. It need to be economically attractive as well as look good!
Designed by Dante Giacosa, the original Fiat 500 was produced, known in Italy as the Cinquecento. It was manufactured by the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy, Fiat Automobiles, who ran the productions for nearly 20 years. During these years of production, 1957 to 1975, it earned itself the nickname of ‘the people’s car’, due to its low maintenance costs and fuel economy.
Production of the original Fiat 500 sadly came to an end in 1975 and it wasn’t until 32 years later that Fiat finally previewed a modernised version of this very much loved car.
Keeping the distinctive retro look to it, the new Fiat 500 was released on the 50th anniversary of the very first one. Due to it having over 500,000 personalised combinations you can choose from including the colours of the exterior, interior and trims, unsurprisingly it was met with just as much popularity as its predecessor.
Mainly based on the Fiat Panda, the modern Fiat 500 had to have some noticeable changes made it to, for instance the engine was moved from the back to the car to the front like it is in most cars these days. The modern version is also slightly larger, which isn’t a surprising difference to discover seeing as the original only measured a mere 9 foot long! However, don’t fear there are many similarities between the two – they both have 2 doors, room for 4 passengers, both city cars and still have that same iconic curved body.
2012 marked the 1 millionth Fiat 500 rolling its wheels off of the production line! Just like back in 1957, Fiat 500’s hold a great popularity and continue to be one of the best seller in the car market today! Here at Canterbury Motoring World we have over 10 in stock at any one time (click HERE to see what we have on our forecourt today).
Author: Rebecca McGinty