Brief History of the Classic Fiat 500
The nouvo FIAT 500 or was designed by Dante Giacosa and was launched in 1957 as the replacement for the 500 Topolino. It was designed to be a practical, cheap, small, four seat family car.
It was a masterstroke in packaging as the new car was only 2.97 m (116.9 in) in length, 1.32 m (52.0 in) wide and exactly the same 1.32 m (52.0 in) height. The first models were powered by a small and economical 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine.
Although it went through a number of variants during its lifespan, the Fiat 500 remained in production until 1975. Eventually a new model was introduced in 2007, which was the 50th anniversary of the original.