Musing on the Timelessness of the Fiat 500
Italy and its carmakers have a world-renowned ability to build automobiles that are full of passion or amore. Italian cars are frequently lusted after for their power and style. While watching Cars 2 on holiday break, this author was taken aback by the sheer variety of true-to-life influences of the numerous locations and cars depicted throughout the movie, specifically the influences from Europe and Italy. One car in particular, the Fiat 500, caught this author’s eye because of its diminutive size. It was named “Luigi,” and hailed from Torino, Italy. The Fiat 500 is an adorable car, and has been recently re-released in a new retro form, much like the Mini Cooper or Volkswagen Beetle.
The original 500 was produced from 1957-1975, and was similar to an original Volkswagen Beetle or Type I, in that it was a rear engine, air-cooled design, with an emphasis on fuel economy and space saving. It always boasted the potential for more power. A tuning company out of Italy by the name of Abarth made parts to utilize the Fiat’s potential in the past as they still do today.
After reading numerous articles, entries, and watching television shows delving into classic car enthusiasm, it’s hard to resist the charm of this ‘Bambino’ from Torino. Call it what you might, but this author calls it like he sees it; a classic case of being a Boldride indeed.