As Libya celebrates its newfound freedom, two rebels have claimed an interesting prize - Muammar Gaddafi's Fiat 500 Castagna EV.

As Libya celebrates its newfound freedom, two rebels have claimed an interesting prize - Muammar Gaddafi's Fiat 500 Castagna EV.

Seized at the dictator's bunker in Bab Al-Azizia, the bespoke convertible was ordered by Gaddafi - through an intermediary - in June 2009. He demanded the vehicle be delivered by September with a number of custom touches including a two-tone paint job, a cream leather interior, wood trim and numerous Libyan-themed accents.

Motivation is provided by a lithium-ion battery which powers a 46 PS (34 kW / 45 hp) electric motor. This reportedly enables the car to hit a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and travel up to 260 km (162 miles) on a single charge. Interestingly, the €100,000 ($144,100 / £88,550) vehicle was also ordered with a massive recharging system which allows the battery to be replenished in just 10 minutes.

In related news, one of Gaddafi's sons apparently abandoned a Bugatti Veyron in Milan, Italy. There's no word on what will happen to it, but hopefully it will find a nice home.

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