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 Fiat 500


The Fiat  500 was produced from 1957 to 1975
5 engines from 0.4 to 0.5 liter and power from 13hp to 22hp, are on Histomobile.3427000 unit(s) produced.

Designer : Dante Giacosa

Fiat 500 

Introduced in the summer of 1957, the successor for the 'Topolino', the 'nuova 500' used a layout similar to that seen on the 600 with a rear mounted engine drivng the rear wheels and independent supension on all four wheels. A first for Fiat was the air-cooling of the engine, a two cylinder 479cc unit with 13bhp. Ths was coupled to a four speed manual gearbox with a floor mounted shift. Later in 1957 Fiat introduced two versions, the 'economica' and the 'normale' with slight differences between the two.

The following year, 1958, saw the introduction of the 'Sport'. After finishing first, second, third and fourth in class at the Hockenheim 12hour race, Fiat began sale of the car, fitted with a 499.5cc engine with 21.5bhp. It also had a solid roof, unlike the normal production cars which had canvas roll-back items. The Sport also gained this latter feature in 1959.

The next major version to be released was the 'Giardiniera'. Introduced in 1960, this was an estate version, with a stretched wheelbase and a horizontally mounted engine. Later in the year the 500D was released. This brought the 499.5cc engine into general useage (rather than just in the Sport, which was discontinued) with a power output of 17.5bhp. A few other detail changes (such as a revised fuel tank) were also made.

Production of the 500D contnued until 1965 when it was replaced by the 500F, the main changes being the adoption of front-hinged doors and a revised transmission. In 1968 the 500F was joined in production by the Lusso which had revised internal and external trim and details, most noticeably the addition of tubular 'extensions' (a form of bull-bars!) to the front and rear bumpers.

The final version emerged in 1972. The 500R used the new 594cc engine from the 126, with a reduced output of 18bhp, adopted the new Fiat logo, had different wheels and a few other changes.
It continued in production until 1975 by which time a total over 3,678,000 examples of the 500 had been produced. A partial breakdown of production is as follows :

original 'nuova 500' from 1957 to 1960 (including 'Sport') : 181,036
Giardiniera (from 1960 to 1977) : 327,000 (from 1966 production was by Autobianchi)
500D (from 1960 to 1965) : 640,000+

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