Fiat celebrates 57 years of Cinquecento with 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Article by Anita Panait, on November 16, 2013

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.

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Fiat 500 1957 Edition

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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