Replacement for FIAT’s much-loved 500 ‘Topolino’, the Nuova 500 debuted in 1957. A radical departure from its predecessor’s essentially pre-war design, FIAT’s new baby featured unitary construction, a full-length opening fabric roof and all-independent suspension while carrying its engine at the rear. The 479cc power unit was an air-cooled overhead-valve twin, the first such used by FIAT, and the gearbox a four-speeder. The basic 500’s austerity was not well received, prompting the introduction of a revised and better equipped version endowed with refinements such as wind-down windows, upholstered rear seat, column-mounted switchgear stalks and hub caps for the wheels. Introduced in 1960, the 500D used the 499.5cc engine of the 500 Sport in de-tuned form, but nevertheless brought with it a small gain in horsepower.
The penultimate model, the L, had a much modernized interior (including a renewed dashboard) which brought the Fiat 500 up to date. Greater comfort and style were provided in this new model for the new generation.
The Fiat 500 Speciale Supersport on offer today was prepared by a private enthusiast. The interiors were completely remade and the body was modified with a spoiler and new rear-glasses, and also the wheels were refitted. Its sporty looks both inside and out are sure to make this a real head-turner this summer. Effortlessly stylish and timeless, there is a lot of fun to be had in this little rocket. It comes to the sale with its Italian Libretto.