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The new 500 version is a homage to the 1957 model and a contemporary interpretation of the stylistic elements which made the Italian icon famous in the ’60s and ’70s. The 12 body colour palette features pastel blue, which perfectly combines with the white roof, spoiler, aerial and mirror caps. The 16′ white and chrome-plated retro style alloy rims which are an unmistakable reference to those of the classic 500.
The Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 is a modern take on some of the key features of its precursor on the inside too, like the ivory ambiance, the white dashboard fascia and the elegant two-tone Poltrona Frau vintage ink-effect tobacco colour leather upholstery, ivory leather inserts and the tobacco leather embroidered ‘500’ logo, which is one of the distinctive traits of the model. Brown Terra di Siena interiors are alternatively available. The vintage look is accented by the old-fashioned Fiat badges on the outside, on the rims and on the steering wheel.
The homage to the past stops at its looks. The Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 is packed with modern standard equipment, like a climate control system (either manual or automatic according to the market), a Blue&Me hands-free system with Bluetooth, voice recognition and digital audio file player with USB/AUX port, eco:DriveTM software, CD+MP3 radio, ABS with EBD, seven air bags, Start&Stop system, ESP complete with ASR/MSR, HBA and Hill Holder. The available standard and optional equipment will be differentiated to satisfy the needs of each single market.
Marketed throughout Europe, the new 500 Vintage ’57 will be available with various engines and standard and optional equipment to satisfy the needs of customers in different countries. Customers in the EMEA area can choose the 1.2 litre 69 hp, 0.9 Twin Air 65 hp, 0.9 Twin Air 85 hp or the 0.9 Twin Air 105 hp petrol engines, or alternatively the 1.3 Multijet 95 hp diesel.
Characterised by complete standard equipment, the new special series complements the Fiat 500 2015 range, which today includes two configurations (saloon and convertible), four trim levels (Pop, Lounge, S and Vintage ’57), two transmissions (manual or Dualogic) and six engine versions (the petrol/LPG 1.2 litre 69 hp EasyPower in addition to the engines available for the Vintage ’57). With the Vintage ’57 special series, the 500 will keep making headlines as befits an authentic timeless Italian style icon capable of satisfying everyone who wants to have fun and drive a car packed with charm, thrills and history.
Some products created by the Italian industry after the war, like the 500 or the Vespa, cannot be viewed for their good looks only nor can they be simply ruled off as examples of good engineering in which form follows function. On the contrary, they are examples of a powerful alchemy of revolutionary design and concept, which redefined common beliefs to become firmly rooted in our collective memory for ever. When this occurs essential masterpieces of industrial history are born. Fiat 500, an Italian icon in the world, is one of them.
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