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A Classic Returns: Fiat 500 1957 Edition

August 5, 2014

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2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Don’t let the new 2015 FIAT 500 1957 Edition fool you. While it boasts a shiny new exterior and sleek interior with modern technology, this vehicle embodies the spirit of its powerful ancestor – the original 1957 Nuova 500.

The significance of the 1957 Nuova 500 is not to be undermined. For many, the vehicle symbolizes a time of renewal and restoration. The Nuova 500 concluded the rebirth of Fiat and of its product range, after the devastation of the Second World War.

The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition interior

2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition interior

There’s a romance about Italian cars, brands, fashion and design that make goods from this artisan nation among the most coveted around the globe. Since 1957, the Fiat 500 has embodied all four, empowering the Cinquecento to become one of the most iconic automobiles of all time. Fifty-seven years later, and with sales in more than 100 countries, the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition commemorates its roots in uniquely crafted detail.

“Combining iconic Italian design and vintage styling with modern European technology, the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is inspired by the spirit of the original 1957 Nuova 500 and offers customers the opportunity to own and drive a vehicle that celebrates Italian automotive history,” Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, said.

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“Combining iconic Italian design and vintage styling with modern European technology, the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is inspired by the spirit of the original 1957 Nuova 500 and offers customers the opportunity to own and drive a vehicle that celebrates Italian automotive history,” Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, said.

Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition enhances its iconic silhouette with a vintage look, thanks to classic exterior colors for this limited-edition Cinquecento, including Bianco (white), or for a bi-color look, 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, an exclusive 16-inch retro wheel design features a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic “FIAT” emblem.

About the historic Fiat Nuova 500
In a career lasting 18 years, from 1957 to 1975, exactly 3,893,294 examples of the original Fiat 500 were built, and it helped Italians and numerous other Europeans to satisfy the need for individual mobility that began to gain momentum from the early 1950s. The Nuova 500, even more than the larger 600 (introduced in 1955), also brought the end of the post-war emergency period and the start of the striving for comfort, and for economic recovery.

A Nuova Fiat advertisement from 1957

A Nuova Fiat advertisement from 1957

With the Fiat Nuova 500, the country of the ‘Poor but beautiful’ became, or tried to be, not quite as poor. To a certain extent, it succeeded, but, above all, the people were able to move around more freely.
The Fiat Nuova 500 was not just a brilliant idea by Dante Giacosa, like the 600 and the many other cars he designed. Nor was it just a model of which millions were made, which got the mission and contents just right, to fall in with the companyÂ’s programs at the time. More than anything else, the Nuova 500 was the fruit of a strategy to develop and revamp its range that Fiat had already embarked on during the Second World War.

Vittorio Valletta, Fiat Managing Director first and then company Chairman from 1946 (after the death of Fiat’s founder Giovanni Agnelli), originally asked Giacosa to start thinking of new cars that could go into production after the war, while Turin was still being targeted by Allied air raids, and the Mirafiori offices were occupied by the German ‘allies-occupiers’.

The ideas and decisions created and implemented by Valletta and Giacosa during those difficult times paid dividends over the following decades.

After 18 years of production, during which time almost four million cars were built, the day of August 4, 1975, dawned, and the ‘last’ car of the 1957-75 Fiat 500 series was built at the SicilFiat plant in Termini Imerese (Palermo, Sicily).

 

1957 Nuova Fiat 500

1957 Nuova Fiat 500