The Fiat 500 is one of those cars we wish we could see more of on our roads, but given the absence of a distributor, we'll have to make do online. Which is too bad, especially since they've just released a retro limited edition tribute to another special edition Fiat 500.
This is the Fiat 500 Spiaggina '58 Special Series, a modern interpretation and celebration of the classic Fiat 500 Jolly “Spiaggina”. The modern Spiaggina makes its debut exactly 60 years since the original was revealed in the summer of 1958.
The modern Fiat Spiaggina is based on the 500C; the convertible version of the diminutive 500, or Cinquecento. The car, already a retro interpretation of the original from the 50's, was made even more retro. They achieved the effect by using details such as the vintage Fiat logo, classic chrome and fonts for the Spiaggina emblem. Also, Fiat have installed a set of wheels that mimic the white sidewalls of the classic models, which accent the special shade of azure that Fiat calls Volare Blue.
The cabin of the 500 Spiaggina '58 features the same Volare Blue with ivory upholstery and a gray striped base. Special floormats and a steering wheel with the same vintage Fiat emblem round up the interior.
Of course, being a modern Fiat, this model comes with the Uconnect 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 500 Spiaggina '58 is front wheel drive, and comes powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that makes 69 horsepower. Before you scoff at the power figure, consider that the original air-cooled Fiat 500 Jolly was powered by a 22 horsepower air-cooled engine.
“The new “Spiaggina '58” is our gift to 500 for its birthday and the 60th anniversary of the 'Spiaggina', a real 'time machine' incorporating many reminders of the Dolce Vita era, such as the vintage Fiat logos and wheels, the white belt liner, the choice of convertible format only and the two-tone interior,” explained Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth brands.