In celebration of 57 years of the Fiat 500, the Italian carmaker is introducing a special edition of Cinquecento – the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition. The Fiat 500 made its first appearance in 1957 and is now being sold in over 100 countries. The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is derived from the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, and boasts of a vintage look achieved by the classic exterior color options: like Bianco (white), or the Verde Chiaro (light green) or exclusive Celeste (celestial blue) paired with a signature Bianco painted roof and mirror caps.
Inspired by the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, the special edition features an exclusive 16-inch retro wheel design – a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic "FIAT" emblem. It likewise dons throwback "FIAT" badges on the front fascia and rear liftgate. It also features a sport-tuned suspension and all-season performance tires.
To further provide the 1957 Edition a vintage look, it is endowed with an Avorio (ivory) interior environment contrasted by premium Marrone (brown) leather seats. It boasts of Avorio accent stitching crossing the seatbacks and seat cushions. For added contrast, Grigio (grey) door panels have a distinct Avorio inner panel, while Marrone door armrests and shift boot (with manual transmission) are color-keyed to the leather seats.
The steering wheel is wrapped in Avorio leather hand-stitched with Marrone leather on the "inner ring." Riding the 1957 Edition is enjoyable, thanks to the six-speaker and 276-watt FIAT premium audio system with SiriusXM Radio.
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine paired to a C514 five-speed manual transmission, returning an EPA estimated 31 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 40 mpg highway.
Just like other Fiat offerings, the 1957 Edition features a driver-selectable "Sport" mode on the instrument panel for a more aggressive throttle map. The car could be availed with an optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes.