Fiat’s 500, the popular Topolino (Little Mouse) as it was called, was the world’s smallest mass-produced car. Designed in 1936 by a young and ingenious engineer, Dante Giacosa, its mechanicals were very simple: a small four-cylinder engine overhanging the wheel axis, independent front wheels and two-seater bodywork. An unmistakable style. Fuel consumption was only 6 litres per 100 km. When it first came on the market, the 500 cost 8900 lire. The characteristics of this model were largely responsible for boosting car ownership in Italy. Its production ran through three series, including a break version, until 1955 and nearly 520,000 were manufactured.
Presented by Fiat S.p.A., Torino
Engine: 4 cylinders
Capacity: 569 cc
Max. power output: 13 bhp at 4000 rpm
Max. speed: 85 km/h
Weight: 745 kg