Restomod concept provides a throwback to Seat’s 600, in celebration of the model’s 60th anniversary

The Seat 600 BMS is to be revealed as a retro-inspired concept at the Automobile Barcelona show later this month.

Based on the 600; a small car built by Seat under licence from Fiat, the 600 BMS - that's Barcelona Motor Show - concept features a retractable canvas top, and is fitted with suicide doors.

Seat has not released any images of the concept yet, aside from a single sketch, but it has detailed the car’s colour scheme; metallic grey with orange decals across the exterior, with leather upholstery and orange stitching inside.

The styling of the car is still under wraps, but as a restomod, rather than a retro-inspired model, it’ll share the vast majority of its styling with the original 600. The wheels and brakes are from the original donor car.

Seat has chosen the 600 as ‘one of its most iconic models’, which was first built 60 years ago in 1957, but despite the car’s history and market-friendly retro styling, has been penned by Seat as a ‘design exercise’, with no plans for production of any derivation of the concept. 

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3 May 2017
I would love to see a Volkswagen subsidiary do something original on their own. It's brain dead boring to see a dozen companies producing the same cars under different badges and grills.

3 May 2017
Hey, remember when we used to rebadge FIATs? We're in the big leagues now baby, now we're rebadging Skodas! Yeah BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!

 

 

9 May 2017
tuga wrote:

Hey, remember when we used to rebadge FIATs? We're in the big leagues now baby, now we're rebadging Skodas! Yeah BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!

To be fair the Rapid based Toledo plugs a gap left by the Cordoba and Exeo, allows Spanish fleets, car hire and taxi drivers to drive a Spanish saloon-shape hatch.

But it would be nice if VW actually did the "Spanish Alfa" plan they set out, a sports car, a sports saloon, a coupe. They're scared in case it steps on Audi's feet, the Exeo showed they could build A4s to the same quality.

10 May 2017
WallMeerkat wrote:

To be fair the Rapid based Toledo plugs a gap left by the Cordoba and Exeo, allows Spanish fleets, car hire and taxi drivers to drive a Spanish saloon-shape hatch.

But it would be nice if VW actually did the "Spanish Alfa" plan they set out, a sports car, a sports saloon, a coupe. They're scared in case it steps on Audi's feet, the Exeo showed they could build A4s to the same quality.

The problem is that not even the Spanish are buying the Toledo. It is way down in the sales charts ( at around #100 ) and is outsold by the Skoda Rapid.

I don't think anyone at VAG remembers the Alfa plan anymore.

 

 

9 May 2017
So a VW subsidiary is to make a retro car based on a Fiat licenced 600, which itself was based on the 500.

Surely this is the equivalent of Fiat coming up with a retro "new Innocenti MINI" seeing as they built Minis under licence?

Can only lead to legal action one would think? What are the legalities around building a retro tribute to a car that was once build under licence that the original manufacturer is also building a retro tribute of?

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