Fiat 500 joins MOMA

New Zealand Classic Car - - NEWS -

It’s dif­fi­cult not to smile when you see a Fiat 500. The orig­i­nal ver­sion weighed in at just over 420kg and put out a whop­ping 9.6kw (12.8hp). Its in­ten­tion was not to be cute and happy, which is the legacy it has ac­tu­ally left, but to be an al­ter­na­tive to the mo­tor­bike and scooter for Ital­ian fam­i­lies. Cor­ner stores through­out Italy held ba­sic parts for the 500, and its rearengined make-up made it sim­ple for the ev­ery­man to work on.

Now the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art (MOMA) in New York has taken own­er­ship of a 1968 Fiat 500 in a per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion as a piece of his­toric art.

“While the Fiat 500 has un­ques­tion­ably left its mark on au­to­mo­tive his­tory, it is equally true that it has never been just a car,” said Olivier François, head of Fiat brand and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, FCA Global. “In its 60 years of his­tory, the 500 has tran­scended its ma­te­rial man­i­fes­ta­tion to en­ter the col­lec­tive imag­i­na­tion and be­come an icon, which has now the hon­our of be­ing cer­ti­fied by be­ing ac­quired by MOMA in a trib­ute to its artis­tic and cul­tural value.”

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