If you went to any Italian city in the 1960s, then nine out of every ten cars on the road was a Fiat 500. Such was the success of the baby Fiat that almost 3.5 million were made between 1957 and 1977, ranging from stripped-out basic town cars to the massively entertaining, race-tuned Abarth. Although the 500 could only muster 59mph (95km/h) flat-out, it could be driven incredibly quickly as the wonderful steering and incredible grip meant you didn't have to slow down for corners. Its tiny air-cooled twin-cylinder engine was incredibly basic, but had the advantage of being mounted adrift of the rear axle, meaning it could be swapped over in less than half an hour by a skilled mechanic. Its low price and running costs made it an ideal first car for many. It remains popular today and there are numerous clubs devoted to this bewitching little car.
Fiat 500 Specifications
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