The car now has new seat upholstery, a red interior, and new aluminum rims and wheels. The paint job has been thoroughly updated. The car looks great in its bright, high-contrast colour. Additions such as rims, Italian flag-colored body stripes and an exterior trunk make this small Fiat even more lively and innovative. The car will undoubtedly attract attention not only while driving on Polish roads, but also at old car shows, including only Italian ones.
The Road to Success: The Strange History of the 1975 Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 was not limited to post-WWII Italy, but it also became a symbol of Italian way of life and design, as well as being one of the most iconic cars of all time. The model was first introduced in 1957. At that time, Italy, which was still recovering from the war, required a low-cost, mass-market car. In 1955, a model very similar to the 600 was launched on the market.
However, Fiat decided to launch a smaller model. The 500-meter is only 2.97 meters long. Dante Giacusa designed the body. The rear-mounted, air-cooled two-cylinder engine drove the rear wheels. Surprisingly, the car did not have a two-stroke engine, which was a popular solution among competing brands. The original Fiat 500 had a 497 cc engine that produced 13 horsepower. The engine was bored down to 499 cc in a more powerful sports version. In 1960, this displacement became standard, and engine power increased to 17 horsepower.
Later versions, starting with the 500F produced in 1965, had front-hinged doors. The interior design was gradually improved in terms of equipment and finishes. There were a number of sportier versions available on the market from manufacturers such as Abarth and Giannini. The 500 was also available in a Royal Edition (Giardineria) and as a doorless Gia Jolly with a canvas roof, both of which were relatively uncommon. In 1975, the model was discontinued.
The Fiat 500 has been sold alongside its successor, the Fiat 126, for the past three years. The 500R, which featured a synchronous gearbox, was the final version of the model. Almost 4 million units of this beloved model were produced. However, it is a relatively desirable old car, especially since the introduction of the new Fiat 500. On the other hand, some of the original 500s are still in use in Italy.
Here’s how much it would cost to put a 1975 Fiat 500 in your garage today
From the late 1950s to 1975, you could buy 500 brand new for less than $260, not including inflation. The second generation 500 is now a highly collectible model, especially given the popularity of the modern third generation. You can get one for between $6,500 and $16,000 at the used car market, depending on the dealer, although there are high-quality examples available for upwards of $75,000.
Exterior and Interior Design: How the Design of the 1975 Fiat 500 Flourished During Its Generation
When you put the second and third generation 500s side by side, it’s clear where the new car gets its styling cues from. Both have a round, bubble-shaped body, round headlights, short overhangs, and small proportions. Dante Giacusa designed the second generation, which is widely regarded as one of the first modern city cars. Not only was it visually appealing, but its compact size was perfect for beating traffic and squeezing in tight parking spaces.
The original model was 52 inches long, 52 inches wide and 117 inches tall. The small body was also surprisingly dynamic, with a drag coefficient of only 0.38 – a low value at the time. The roof had an open roof covered with a retractable canvas that provided either sunlight or weather protection depending on the circumstances. The exterior of the second-generation 500 has changed very little over the course of 18 years, with an exotic chrome design element added or removed throughout the model’s progression.
Despite its small size, it was widely praised for its ability to carry a large amount of cargo, including four adult passengers and a large amount of luggage. This characteristic is further improved in the LWB Giardiniera model, which has seen the inclusion of many units as work horses for Italian companies. Things are straight from the inside. The instrument panel has quite a few buttons and switches, and behind the massive steering wheel with thin rims there is a single gauge. It is refined and purposeful, just as an economy car should be for people.
Sources: Classic – Cars, Top Speed, Stone Acre MG, Classic Driver
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