The modern Fiat 500 has been around for 10 years as of 2017 and so far it has done a great job keeping the original car’s legacy alive. The small size and the vintage design help, but Fiat also launched several special-edition models that paid tribute to the first 500over the last decade. Come 2017 and the Italian firm has developed yet another anniversary model, this time around to celebrate the 500’s 60th anniversary.
One of the most iconic vehicles of all time, the Fiat 500 was launched in 1957 and the first unit was produced in the city of Turin on July 4. Fiat sold over four million examples until the car was discontinued in 1975, making way for the equally successful 126 model. The 500 nameplate was revived in 2007 and the second-generation city car became a success story too. Fiat says that the new 500, which is sold in around 100 countries, will reach sales of two million units in the first half of 2017. This is an impressive figure for a ten-year-old model in this day and age, and needless to say, it wouldn’t have been possible without the legacy of the original Fiat 500.
Limited to only 560 units, the 60th anniversary model was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and goes on sale starting March, meaning it will hit the streets just in time for the day the first-ever 500 left the factory back in 1957. Let’s find out what this limited-edition model is all about.
What Makes The Fiat 500 Special Series Special
The first thing that catches the eye is the two-tone. Called Dolcevita, it combines a three-layer white for the lower body and a pastel ivory for the engine hood, pillars, and the upper section of the fenders and doors. The two colors are separated by very thin grey and burgundy stripes and the entire combination gives the 500 an authentic vintage look. The city car also features chrome hood trim, just like the original car, chrome mirror caps, and vintage logo front and back, as well as on the B-pillars. The exterior package is rounded off by 16-inch, lightweight alloy wheels with dedicated “560” logos. The “560” stands for the 500 nameplate and the 60 years it is celebrating in 2017.
The first thing that catches the eye is the two-tone. Called Dolcevita, it combines a three-layer white for the lower body and a pastel ivory for the engine hood, pillars, and the upper section of the fenders and doors.
The vintage theme continues inside the cabin with a vinyl dashboard and a vintage logo on the steering wheel. The color combination is equally impressive, with the black dashboard featuring a burgundy fascia and white highlights for the center stack and the A/C vents on each side of the infotainment system. The steering wheel, the instrument cluster hood, and the arms rests on the door panels are also finished in white. The leather seats have ivory inserts and contrasting burgundy seams, while the black floor mats have white edges. Needless to say, the anniversary model feels like a nice, classy place to spend time in.
Unique features aside, the 560’s standard equipment list includes a leather gear stick knob, a seven-inch Uconnect infotainment with Bluetooth, navigation, USB, automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. Fiat also added the speed limiter and cruise control and introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options.
The vintage theme continues inside the cabin with a vinyl dashboard and a vintage logo on the steering wheel.
Moving over to drivetrains, the anniversary model can be had with any engine available with the standard 500. Options include both the gasoline 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 69 horsepower and the turbocharged, 0.9-liter two-cylinder with 85 horses. Fiat also offers the Dualogic gearbox with paddle shifters and Stop & Start function for increased fuel economy. Drivers who prefer diesels can also select the 1.3-liter turbodiesel MultiJet II rated at 95 horsepower.
The anniversary model is limited at 560 units and although pricing is not yet available, expect to pay more than a standard Fiat 500.
At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the Fiat brand will be showing its two identities, both of which stand side-by-side, forming part of an increasingly wide and complete range. The two worlds that characterise the brand, the functional and the emotional, are evoked by the symbolism of the stand and, in a practical sense, by the vehicles exhibited.
In 2017, FCA will be celebrating the sixtieth birthday of the iconic 500: the star of the show will be the special limited edition to mark the 60th anniversary, which will feature an exclusive look and unique contents including new two-colour paintwork and specific 16″ alloy wheels. It will be joined by 500S, the more dynamic, male version of this Fiat icon.
The Swiss event will also witness the début of the new S-Design versions, a perfect combination of style and contents designed to meet the requirements of a dynamic, sporty clientele: this new image will be flaunted by the Fiat Tipo 5Doors and the 500X on the stand. Not to mention an appearance by the whole Tipo family: representing personality, simplicity and functionality with unbeatable value for money.
Exclusive details, uncompromising off-road performance and outstanding versatility: on board the new Fiat Fullback Cross pick-up, there is room for meeting everyone’s requirements, whatever they may be. The spotlight will then fall on an exciting vehicle that treats the motorist to a true roadster experience, combined with an all-Italian style: the 124 Spider, with the new “Europa” special series, built in a numbered limited edition.
Personality and style are also at the top of the list for the Panda, Italy’s best-selling car in its segment since 2012. The stand will host the Cross version, which crams all the functional features of the off-road vehicles in the category above it into just 370 centimetres of space, as well as the Natural Power, which reduces emissions while still guaranteeing a pleasant, comfortable driving experience. 500L is on show in the Trekking version in a two-colour livery underlining the model’s crossover personality, reinforced by the Traction+ technology.
And last but not least, the stand will feature areas dedicated to Mopar and FCA Bank, both providing true added value for all motorists in the form of excellent products and services.
Fiat 500 special series to mark the 60th anniversary
There are dates which are destined to remain firmly lodged in our collective memory; moments which, in the short-term, or with the passing of time, can prove to be revolutionary. One of the dates which has undoubtedly managed to escape the anonymity often imposed by the calendar is the 4th of July, 1957. Indeed, this was the momentous date on which the “500” was first produced in Turin, the “big small car” which soon became the emblem of the concept of driving for the mass market. The figures linked to this success may be significant, but they are simply not enough to tell the whole story. Over 4 million vehicles have been sold, but there’s more to understanding this car than that. Instead, the trick is to widen our perspective and pay particular attention in order to round up all the innovative features that the 500 has crammed into a space of less than three metres, not only with regard to the motoring world but in relation to society in general. Fifty years on, again on the 4th of July, Fiat used its popularity as leverage for accelerating towards the future with the 500 of the new millennium and in the first months of 2017 will break the record of two million cars sold. Another peaceful revolution on the roads of the world, a vehicle capable of combining what seem to be contrasting values: it is exclusive but accessible, it is elegant but fun, it is quinquennially Italian but is a global best-seller sold in 100 countries. Interestingly 80% of all 500s were sold outside Italy.
It is easy to celebrate a birthday if the birthday girl doesn’t fear the passing of time and, instead always welcomes the chance to blow out her candles, dressing up in her glad rags and enjoying the occasion. And this is what will happen now in 2017, when Fiat celebrates sixty years of Fiat’s global icon: for the occasion, the Geneva show will provide the stage for the launch of the special 60th anniversary series. This exclusive numbered limited edition pays tribute to the original 500 through a specific characterisation and the contemporary reinterpretation of some of the style details that made it famous, such as the vinyl dashboard, the vintage logo on the front, between the chrome spoiler and on the boot door and steering wheel, as well as the chrome finish on the bonnet. Exclusively available as a convertible, the Fiat 500 special 60th anniversary series presents brand new dual-colour paintwork evocatively named Dolcevita: Three-layer White for the body of the car and pastel Ivory for the bonnet and pillars. The grey and burgundy waistrail enhances this chromatic combination, whereas the colour chosen for the hood is grey. The style of this special series is enhanced by its many cool aesthetic details, such as chrome mirror caps, special 16″ lightweight alloy wheel rims and a dedicated logo: 560. Here we truly have a brand within a brand, as the red “6” and “0” are contained in the last two figures of the 500 logo. This exclusive badge adorns the pillar and also appears on the chrome sill and the numbered limited edition nameplate. The Fiat 500 60th anniversary special series will be available for order from 9 March; the edition will total 560 cars, all with individual authenticity certificate, for sale on the main EMEA region markets with delivery from 4 July. The interior also presents retro details, such as the tubular elements of the seats in ivory leather with contrasting burgundy seams, which match the central part of the dashboard, and the bespoke dual-colour car mats. But the tribute to the past is only skin deep: in terms of technology, the 60th anniversary special series offers the very best of everything available today when it comes to technology and on-board comfort. Standard features include a leather gear stick knob and steering wheel with built-in commands, the 7″ UconnectTM Radio Live touchscreen system with Bluetooth, satellite navigator and USB and AUX IN ports; 7″ TFT, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. The MY2017 innovations are also present: Speed Limiter and Cruise control and, on request, the CarPlay and Android AutoTM system; this makes possible for users to access the main applications of their smartphones directly on the 7″ screen of the UconnectTM system integrated on the central console.
With Apple CarPlay support, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, drivers can get directions optimized for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road.
The Android Auto integration allow to manage the compatible content and features on the device directly from the driving seat, getting directions, making calls, sending and receiving messages, and listening to music, always driving safely.
Rain & Dusk sensor, Bi-Xenon headlights, tinted rear windows and Beats AudioTM system repeat this impressive outfit. The selection of engines available on the 500 Sessantesimo is wide-ranging and complete, with two petrol engines – also available with robotic Dualogic gearbox and paddle shift – the 1.2 with 69 HP and the 0.9 TwinAir with 85 HP. In the combined cycle, this results in a consumption rate of 3.8 litres/100km. All engines are Euro 6, including the small turbodiesel 1.3 16v Multijet II 95 HP version. The vehicle on the stand will be a 1.2 69 HP, fitted with Stop & Start.