Retro-styled Fiat 500 pays homage to 1957 Cinquecento; new special edition will get classic colour schemes
Darren Moss
15 November 2013

A limited-run special edition of the Fiat 500 has been launched to celebrate 57 years of the car.

Dubbed the 1957 Edition, the car is powered by the 1.4-litre MultiAir engine and connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

Fiat says the special model is capable of 31mpg in the city and up to 40mpg on the motorway. The 1957 Edition also features a driver-selectable Sport mode, which re-maps the throttle. 

The special 500 features new bodywork to give it a vintage look, with paintwork available in classic colour schemes. Other exterior features include 16-inch wheels with a retro design and large centre caps, a wide chromed lip at the front, alongside sports suspension and performance tyres. Historic Fiat badges can also be seen on the car.

Inside, the 1957 Edition features bespoke leather with new stitching, new interior door panels and a bespoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. The car retains its modern sound system, however. 

Fiat says it has created the car to celebrate its Cinquecento, which was launched in 1957. The car will go on sale in the US in spring next year, with prices being announced closer to its launch date. Fiat has confirmed the model will not be sold in the UK.

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15 November 2013
Well that is a shame . . . If only because we will have fewer opportunities to view the last of the photos, number 6 of 6 . . . . :(

15 November 2013
...and probably a lot more economical, too.

15 November 2013
If they're making an 500 XL then how about an 500 XS?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

15 November 2013
Celebrate 57 years of the car. First thoughts: 1. In all the times I visited the USA in the past 40 years, never once have I seen a Fiat, regardless what model it was. Can't even think of seeing a Fiat garage or advertisement. 2. Will your average American fit inside?

15 November 2013
31mpg in town and 40mpg on motorway? That's not great is it? Especially when modern diesel superminis will get twice that. I probably get better fuel economy in my Celica.

15 November 2013
[quote=sirwiggum]31mpg in town and 40mpg on motorway? That's not great is it? Especially when modern diesel superminis will get twice that. I probably get better fuel economy in my Celica.[/quote] 31/40 are the official USA figures. So they are using small US Gallons, which are only 83% of ours. Very poor work Autocar, not to make this clear

15 November 2013
[quote=artill] 31/40 are the official USA figures. So they are using small US Gallons, which are only 83% of ours. Very poor work Autocar, not to make this clear[/quote] You beat me to it. 37/48 in english gallons. Aren't US octane ratings lower on average as well, which will hurt the numbers? We are also used to seeing numbers calculated on the EU cycle. No idea how the US test compares.

15 November 2013
[quote=sirwiggum]31mpg in town and 40mpg on motorway? That's not great is it? Especially when modern diesel superminis will get twice that. I probably get better fuel economy in my Celica.[/quote] Agreed - I thought it was a misprint to start with, but apparently those were the results of the EPA tests. Granted, converted from US economy figures it becomes 37mpg and 48mpg respectively here (the US gallon is smaller), but for a modern 1.4 which is supposed to have technology making it 10% more fuel efficient it's still not a great set of figures. A 1.4 Polo gets about the same and it's a bigger car.

15 November 2013
This looks even worse than the standard 500.Dreadful economy from such a small car too.Is it any wonder Fiat's finances are in such a state.

15 November 2013
Why can't they sell this version here?

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