Fiat 500 F

Fiat, long known for producing inexpensive, efficient cars, surprised the automotive community in 1957 with a 500 model that was even smaller than its predecessor, the Topolino. Designed by Dante Giacosa, the 500 Nuova or “Cinquecento,” much like the Volkswagen Beetle, featured an economical rear-engine design purpose-built for practicality.

Initially introduced with a 479 cc two-cylinder engine that was later upgraded to 499.5 cc, the Cinquecento lived through various technical modifications over the course of its healthy 18-year production run, but styling remained essentially unchanged. The “F” variant was introduced in 1965 with several mechanical and body changes over its 500D predecessor. The most apparent differences included front-hinged doors, a slight increase in horsepower to 18 bhp, and the dash, which retained the original, more classic design that was modernized in later years. The heating system was up-rated and the driveshaft, clutch and differential were strengthened. While the 500F was sold until 1973, it was sold alongside the “Lusso” model in the latter part of its production cycle.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

18 hp, 499.5 cc air-cooled two-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring and wishbones, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 72.4"

Source: RM Auctions

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