Mamma Mia! This FIAT 500 has been with us for 60 years now, how times flies. It has of course got larger and fatter over the years but the car’s styling has stayed true to the model first seen in the 50s.
That’s Italian for Happy Birthday, in case you’re wondering.To mark the occasion, FIAT has decided to release a special edition of the convertible version of its current 500. Just 250 will be produced for the UK market, with the first 60 receiving their own individual numbers. Available from the 4th of July with prices starting at £19,240, the new model includes a whole host of styling tweaks unique to this model.
A ‘Dolcevita’ two-tone colour consisting of tri-coat white for the body and pastel ivory for the upper half of the retro-chich citycar, with a grey fabric roof on the very top. Helping to complete the exterior look are chrome door mirrors and 16″ alloy wheels in a white diamond finish. Oh, and to make the car even more exclusive, there ‘500’ logo will also incorporate ’60’ within it, to emphasise the fact it’s an anniversary edition.
Step inside and there is more styling inspired by the original model, including a bordeaux vinyl dashboard, ivory leather seats with bordeaux piping, a gearstick also finished in ivory leather, bespoke floor mats and a model-specific scuff plates.
Yesteryear Styling, Modern Day Tech
The 500 60th Edition may look like a thing of the past, but it will of course have all the modern technology that we crave for in new cars. This means buyers will be able to enjoy a 7″ infotainment system which is home to features such as Bluetooth, DAB radio, satellite navigation and smartphone integration.
Other features also include automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. Three engines will be available in the limited edition model, all of which are petrol. The base engine is the 1.2 litre which produces 69bhp, but pay a bit more and you can either choose from the 0.9 litre TwinAir unit which produces 85bhp or another 0.9 litre TwinAir which produces 105bhp.
I’d go for the 105bhp unit personally, as it’s rather good fun, although that will set you back £21,000. That’s a fair bit of money for such a small car, but it is limited edition…