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De­signed by Dante Gi­a­cosa, the Fiat 500 ‘Bam­bina’ su­percedes the 500 Topolino in July 1957.

Ear­li­est and rarest mod­els have suicide doors and a 13bhp en­gine, later beefed up to 15bhp in the ‘Eco­nom­ica’ and ‘Nor­male’.

Fiat in­tro­duce the ‘Sport’ from 1958 to 1960, which boasts a 499cc, 22bhp en­gine and a metal roof; pre­vi­ous ver­sions had fold­back can­vas. Also in 1958 comes the 500N – the 500 largely as we know it now – also with sun­roof.

For more space there’s the ‘Giar­diniera’ es­tate with full-length sun­roof, made from 1960 to 1975.

From 1965, with the ar­rival of the F, the suicide doors was dropped and the wind­screen en­larged.

1968 sees the in­tro­duc­tion of the 500L ‘Lusso’ with a new in­te­rior and a lit­tle more chrome.

The 500R ‘Rin­no­vata’ of 1972 is the fi­nal in­car­na­tion of this iconic de­sign. Its 594cc en­gine kicks out 23bhp and sports a syn­chro­mesh gear­box

Al­though the Fiat 126 is in­tro­duced in 1973, 500 pro­duc­tion doesn’t end un­til 1975.

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