1,200 Fiat 500s mass for iconic car's 60th birth­day

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More than 1,200 Fiat 500s from across Europe revved into the Ital­ian foothills on Satur­day to mark the 60th birth­day of the iconic lit­tle car. The Ital­ian clas­sic took its first spin on July 4, 1957. Eigh­teen years later, more than 4.2 mil­lion had rolled off the fac­tory line. Pro­duc­tion then took a 22-year break be­fore the model was re­launched in 2007 with some mod­ern tweaks, although it re­tained its tra­di­tional curves. Since then some two mil­lion more Fiat 500s have been made, ac­cord­ing to Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles (FCA).

The birth­day bash saw hun­dreds of the orig­i­nal mod­els park in Gar­lenda, north­west Italy-the 34th gath­er­ing of its kind, with demo events, talks and a pa­rade for the par­tic­i­pat­ing cars. A cheap city ve­hi­cle that proved enor­mously pop­u­lar in post-war Europe, the Fiat 500 had its sta­tus as a de­sign icon sealed this week when a 1968 orig­i­nal en­tered the col­lec­tion of New York's Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. In Gar­lenda, a whole mu­seum is de­voted to the car. — AFP

Peo­ple take part at the 34th In­ter­na­tional Rally of Fiat 500 Club Italia for the 60th an­niver­sary of this car in Gar­lenda, near Genoa. — AFP pho­tos

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