For the 60th birthday of the Fiat 500, Fiat presented a special model. For the classic 500 in Italy "Nuova 500" called, because there was already the Fiat 500 Topolino before world premiered on July 4, 1957. She took place in an upscale sports club in Turin, the event was broadcast live on State television RAI and even the Italian Prime Minister completed a test drive.
To save the sheet still scarce in the 1950s, the Nuova 500 designer Dante Giacosa had devised a hood made of fabric. So, the new special model is based not on the closed Fiat 500, but on the 500 C with a fabric roof. Various details reminiscent of the style icon. These include a dashboard covered with vinyl, the brand logo in the classic design of the grille, on the boot lid and on the steering wheel, as well as the chrome braces on the front cover. Painted the rolling roof convertible is standard in white (for the body body) and ivory (for Hood and roof pillars). A separating line in gray and Burgundy highlights the bicolor effect, also the boot lid is painted grey. The special model is limited for the German market on 560 copies, the production number to read a plaque between the front seats. Still, the price was not communicated by Fiat.
The special model will fit "Fiat 500 Gabsule collection" offered. These include bags, purses, cases, and key rings from the Italian brand of Gabs. They are decorated with photos of details of the Fiat 500. Even an eyewear collection "tribute to 500 anniversary" was established, with the colors to the car body paints of the new special model fit. Since its birth in 1957 Fiat brought 500 a long way behind: by minimalist austerity drive no frills to the fashionable lifestyle vehicle for the "young urban Miss". (sl)