The Fiat 500 has been with us for sixty years. Growing up in post-war Italy, the Fiat 500 was designed to be a cheap and economical car. Like the Mini or the Volkswagen Beetle, decades of similar design means the Fiat 500 is instantly recognisable. More than six million have been sold around the world in the past sixty years. This small car has certainly become a big deal. Now, enter the Fiat 500-60th.
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Fiat has launched a limited edition 500-60th model. Only 250 will go on sale in the UK. The first 60 will have individually numbered limited edition plates and certificates of authenticity.
The Old and The New
The Fiat 500-60th anniversary pays homage to the original Fiat 500 while also bringing the car right up to date. It will have vintage Fiat logo badges and a bespoke 500-60th icon, with the red ‘6’ and ‘0’ incorporated into the last two figures of the 500 logo. The logo will adorn the steering wheel, which is now multi-functional.
Among the modern technology included as standard, there is a 7-inch HD Uconnect™ Radio Live touchscreen system with Bluetooth, as well as satellite navigation and USB and AUX IN ports. There are also rain and dusk sensors, cruise control, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ will enable access to smartphone applications via the Uconnect™ system.
Fiat 500-60th Styling
The chrome mirror covers, special 16-inch alloy wheels (with white diamond finish) and ivory leather seats are all nods to the styling cues of the original Fiat 500. Inside, bespoke floor mats and 500-60thkickplates are both nice touches for the limited edition car. The ivory leather of the seats continues on the gear knob and there is a Bordeaux vinyl dashboard.
Moving out to the exterior, a grey fabric roof makes the Fiat 500-60th convertible. It has Dolcevita bi-colour paintwork, combining tri-coat white for the body of the car and pastel ivory for the bonnet and pillars.
The Fiat 500-60th is available with a choice of three petrol engines. Drivers can choose from the 1.2-litre 69 hp or the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85 hp, both available with a manual or Dualogic gearbox. There is also the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 105 hp. The 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85 hp and Dualogic gearbox, emits just 88g/km CO2, while returning 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle.
The Fiat 500-60th is now on sale with a starting price of £19,240 OTR with first deliveries taking place from 4th July.