Fiat 500 goes retro with 1957 Edition

Back by popular demand! The 1957 Edition harks back the the styling of the original Fiat 500 city car. Retro colours and styling can be added to your 500 for just $995.

Almost every nation has a ‘people’s car’ that came along and provided affordable transportation for the masses. Germany had the Volkswagen Beetle, Great Britain had the Mini, France the 2CV. However, the most enduring of these hometown heroes is the Italian Fiat 500 which still enjoys a strong following today. Fiat’s latest special 1957 Edition features retro styling that harks back to the little cars origin.

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This isn’t actually the first time a 1957 Edition has appeared in the modern-day Fiat 500 range. Back in 2016, a special model with a similar classic ethos was available, but its popularity has proven so strong that the ’57 Edition has returned.

Available as a hatchback or cabriolet, the 1957 Edition is based on Lounge trim which already comes generously equipped. Those opting for the ’57 car for an additional $995 get a choice of three alloy wheel designs inspired by the original 1957 car. Neat details such as period mimicking Fiat badging, a more simplistic facia, and contrasting roof and door mirrors finished in white are nice touches. Inside you’ll find ivory white door inserts, Marrone leather shifter boot, and a leather steering wheel. You can have your 1957 Edition in three colours (Celeste Blue, Chiaro, Bianco Ice) with all cars featuring a 135hp turbocharged 1.4-litre engine.

“Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 comes standard with turbocharged power,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands FCA – North America. “The 1957 Edition offers a fun, custom appearance for the iconic Fiat 500.”

The classic Fiat 500 was built between 1957 and 1975 with nearly 3.9 million of the city car built. It was designed to be affordable and easy to maintain — parts could actually be purchased from local post offices. As well as evolving through the decades, the Fiat 500 provided the basis for the Abarth 500. The new car continues this practice with the Abarth 500 performance hatchback proving extremely popular.

The new Fiat 500 1957 Edition will be available in America this fall. At this point, there’s no news on this special edition making its way to Europe.

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