The cars that led to the latest Fiat 500, and what made them great
28 September 2007

The new Fiat 500 has received more attention than any other car this year. Acclaimed for its clever design and marketing, there is no other new car which can top the hype that surrounds Fiat's new bambino, nor any other car in the class that can compete with the waiting list stretching well into next year.But the reason for this fanfare is the original 'Nuovo 500', which was road tested by Autocar in September 1961. Less well known is the Fiat Topolino which preceded it, and the many variations which followed right up until the Cinquecento that now adorns most college campuses across the country.Click on the gallery link to see the story in pictures and find out more about the evolution of the Fiat 500 as told by Autocar.

 

Our Verdict

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The Fiat 500 is a deserved success story for the brand, offering bags of style, a fine drive and low costs

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Our Verdict

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The Fiat 500 is a deserved success story for the brand, offering bags of style, a fine drive and low costs

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Driven this week