But now FIAT is taking that homage to a new level with the new FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57 which is set to debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (March 3).
The VINTAGE ’57 is a contemporary interpretation of the stylistic features that gave the original its distinctive identity. Finished in pastel colours with a contrasting white roof, spoiler, antenna and mirror covers, the most distinctive element of the new FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57 is its 16-inch vintage alloy wheels, a nod to those used on the original 500 but updated and refined for contemporary tastes. The wheel centres feature the historical FIAT logos, a subtle touch that’s repeated on the front and rear badges.
The retro theme of the FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57 continues inside with a white dashboard; historic FIAT logo in the steering wheel boss and tan-coloured Poltrona Frau leather seats with ivory leather ‘half-moon’ inserts and “500” embroidery in tan.
There’s nothing retrospective about the FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57’s standard technologies though: air conditioning; Blue&Me™; seven airbags, Start&Stop system, ESP with ASR/MSR, HBA and Hill Holder. Available in the UK in April, the new FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57 will be available with the petrol-powered 69hp 1.2-litre as well as the award-winning 0.9 TwinAir 85hp turbo petrol engine. Prices for the FIAT 500 VINTAGE ’57 will start from £12,545 when it goes on sale in April.