Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Manufacturer

Fiat

Production

1957 - 1975

Class

City Car

Overview

The Fiat 500 (the "cinquecento" [chink-weh-chen-toe] from the Italian word for "500") is a car that was produced by the Fiat company of Italy between 1957 and 1975. It was designed by Dante Giacosa.

Launched as the Nuova 500, it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car to combat high levels of congestion in Italian cities. Measuring only 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in) long, and originally powered by a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and is considered one of the first city cars.