Industrial Design Of Fiat 500 Through The Decades

    written by Zoran Stosic

    The history of Fiat began many years ago, at the dawn of Italian industrialisation, in which the company has always played a leading role. From that moment on, the Fiat brand spread throughout the world and developed extensively.
    The tiny Fiat 500 is now something of a trendy cult car, its rounded egg-like body and diminutive size endearing it to millions. The Bambino was very popular in Europe and became a cult classic.
    In this post You will see how design of Fiat 500, most popular car manufactured by Fiat, evolve through the decades.

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    The first Fiat 500 named a Topolino (meaning mouse) was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1937, three models were produced until 1955. all with minor mechanical and cosmetic changes.

    Fiat 500A (1939.)

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    Fiat 500B Topolino Furgoncino (1948.)

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    Fiat 500C (1949.)

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    Fiat 500C Convertible (1953.)

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    In 1955 the mid size rear wheel drive Fiat 600 was launched by Fiat that would become the design basis for the new Fiat 500,  the 500 Nuova (or new). The Fiat 600 (Italian: Seicento) is a city car produced from 1955 to 1969. The car became very popular in countries such as Spain (as SEAT 600), where it became the icon par excellence of the Spanish miracle, Argentina, where it was nicknamed Fitito (a diminutive of Fiat) and former Yugoslavia where it was nicknamed Ficha.

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    Fiat 600

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    The Fiat 600 was also manufactured at Fiat Neckar in Germany between 1956 and 1967. Presented in a first time as Jagst 600, in 1960 with the release of Fiat 600D it became Jagst 770.

    Neckar Jagst 770

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    Zastava 750 (1965.)

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    Seat 600

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    Fiat 600 Multipla

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    Fiat 600 Abarth

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    Fiat 600 Jolly (conversion by Italian design house Ghia)

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    The Fiat 500 (Italian: cinquecento) is a car produced from 1957 to 1975, with limited production of the Fiat 500 K estate continuing until 1977. First launched in 1957, the Nuova 500 was totally designed by Fiats chief designer at the time, Dante Giacosa, an individual who would later become an automotive legend for his contributions to the industry.

    Fiat 500 Nuova (1957-1960.)

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    Fiat 500D (1960-1965.)

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    Fiat 500K or Giardiniera (1960-1977.)

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    Fiat 500F or Berlina (1965-1973.)

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    Fiat 500L or Lusso (1968-1972.)

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    Fiat 500R or Rinnovata (1972-1975.)

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    The design of the new 2007 Fiat 500 is based on the 2004 Fiat Trepiuno concept. This car features a distinctive retro-look just like the Volkswagen New Beetle and BMW MINI.

    Fiat 500 (2007.)

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    Fiat 500 Abarth (2008.)

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    Fiat 500 Giardiniera (2009.)

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    Resources:

    Fiat 500 – Wikipedia
    Fiat 500 “Topolino” – Wikipedia
    Fiat 600 – Wikipedia
    Fiat 500 History – Fiat500 America
    Fiat 500 History – Gizmo Highway Auto Guide

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  • Mihai O. says:

    March 19, 2010

    Nice showcase!

  • Benjamin Rama says:

    March 19, 2010

    good stuff I think I may get this car : )

  • Paulo says:

    March 19, 2010

    The 2009 model looks very fancy! :)

  • Éder Costa says:

    March 19, 2010

    Nice showcase!

  • Rocky says:

    March 20, 2010

    Fiat 500 (2007) small and beautiful…

  • adone says:

    March 21, 2010

    I love that. What do you think about Fiat 126 P?

  • David says:

    March 23, 2010

    Nice collection of images.

    Tanks

  • Jacquie Taylor says:

    April 13, 2010

    I’ve had a 500 for about 18 years and learnt to drive in one. They are the best little cars around. Once you’ve got one you never want to say goodbye to it. Great pics and good background to the brand. Nice one!

  • Thad says:

    April 14, 2010

    PLEASE give us a date as to when Americans can order them!

    • Zoran Stosic says:

      April 15, 2010

      Uh, I am sorry but I really don’t now.

  • Commercial Vehicles says:

    May 7, 2010

    I love this post, I’m a huge fan of the 500 and am booked in to test drive the 500c this afternoon. This has just gotten me so excited about it. Hang in there Americans, I’m sure it must be coming you way pretty soon :)

  • Keith says:

    June 16, 2010

    Thanks for reviving happy memories. My first car was a 500D purchased in 1963 – price new £250 but mine had been a demo vehicle for 6 months so only £200! Starter & choke were floor-mounted levers and the heating control was an on/off lever behind the driver’s seat but it was a great “First Car” – economical to run (60+ mpg), easy to service and very reliable. Why can nobody make a cheap, basic car like the 500 and Citroen 2CV nowadays? Regrettably, in my opinion the new model is a joke – how can a “500″ have a 1.2 engine and cost so much more than comparably-sized or even some larger cars?
    Final comment- I believe the cars shown in the photos under the heading “500 Nuova (1957-1960) are imposters! As far as I can remember the Nuova like my 500D had “suicide doors” -i.e. hinges at the rear; front-hinged doors as fitted on the cars shown were not introduced until the 500F model in 1965 (my second car)