Nice touch on this 1957 Fiat Edition. Love the interior.
Automakers love to create anniversary editions to spur sales. Tenth
anniversary Miatas, 50th anniversary 911s, oodles of commemorative
Corvettes, but is a 57-year celebration really necessary? Leave it to
Fiat to present us with a 2014 500 tagged as the 1957 Edition in the
57th year since the brands first Nuova 500 was produced. This step
back would be lost on Americans, enamored with tail-finned Chevys and
Plymouth Furys that year, but history must be served. That Nuova 500
was conceived by Dante Giacosa, the genius who also penned the prewar
Fiat Topolino, two little machines as important to Italy as Fords
Model T was to the U.S.
But what does a tribute to 1957 get you today? Well, Fiat begins with
its Lounge trim level and adds throwback exterior finishes Bianco,
Verde Chiaro, and Celeste. (Thats white, light green, and baby blue
for those not familiar with Italiano.) The 16-inch retro-look wheels
are finished in body color and white, housing vintage Fiat emblems,
and a white roof and white mirror caps are available.
That exterior is a nice touch, but its the dashboard that really
takes you back. Both its shape and Avorio (ivory) finish are
reminiscent of the 1950s. Leave it to the Italians to effectively mix
ivory, Grigio (gray), and Marrone (brown); the latter used on the
leather seats, the door panels, the inside of the steering wheel, and
shifter boot. Contrasting ivory stitching over the rich leather seats
looks very uptown. Our biggest disappointment is that rather than
including a 50s-era tube radio, Fiat opted for a six-speaker,
276-watt audio system.
The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is powered by the same 1.4-liter
four-cylinder found throughout the Italians American lineup, although
engine specifics are not available. The mill will back up to a choice
of a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Pricing information
should become available closer to the 57 Editions on-sale date this
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