Fiat 500s take to the Good­wood track to cel­e­brate 60 years of fun

More than 100 of these twin­pot bam­bi­nos took to the track to mark six decades of suc­cess

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Ital­ian flair and style kick­started the Re­vival each morn­ing as Fiat pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar pa­rade of its diminu­tive, rear-en­gined, four-seater pas­sen­ger car, the now-iconic Nuova 500. The Tori­nese city car, which helped to put post-war Italy on wheels back in 1957, re­ceived roars from the Good­wood crowd af­ter break­fast each morn­ing, with the many va­ri­eties of 500 re­spond­ing with a cho­rus of blow­ing horns.

Fiat 500 di­ver­sity on track ex­tended to the reg­u­lar pre- and post-sui­cide door pro­duc­tion mod­els, with their flip-back sun­roofs, as well as the more prac­ti­cal Giar­diniera es­tate vari­ants, a few sport­ing Abarth de­riv­a­tives, and even the oc­ca­sional coach­built model, such as the open-topped Ghia Jolly beach car. The Ital­ian brand also show­cased other Ital­ian ve­hi­cles from the pe­riod on the track with the 500s to turn each morn­ing into a scene that looked more like 1950s Rome or Mi­lan.

For those who missed the pa­rade it was pos­si­ble to en­joy the sea of Nuova 500s nearby on the start­line grand­stand where vis­i­tors could get close and per­sonal to the Ital­ian icons. These at­tracted as much at­ten­tion as some of the in­cred­i­ble race ac­tion on track, which says so much for this lov­able clas­sic.

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