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Special 500 marks diamond anniversary

Special 500 marks diamond anniversary

Chris Russon, 2017-08-03

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TO mark the 60 anniversary of one of the world's most iconic little cars, Fiat has released a special edition of the 500 called the Anniversario.

Priced from £14,265 the car is the latest in a series of limited edition models including the 500C by Gucci, the 500 by Diesel and the recent 500 Riva, a car dubbed the the smallest yacht in the world.

The Fiat 500 Anniversario is available in both hatch and cabrio body styles with the open top version priced from £16,865.

Finished in either Riviera Green or Sicilia Orange, the car is a tribute to the 1957 Italian-made icon with a modern re-interpretation of some of the features that made it famous in the Dolce Vita years.

The special model is powered by Fiat's 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine which has a claimed fuel return of 60.1mpg with a CO2 figure of 110g/km CO2. When combined with a Dualogic semi-auto gearbox emissions fall to 105g/km, while returning 62.8mpg.

This new special series has a Sixties look that references some of the key historic characteristics of the car, such as chrome accents on the bonnet and door mirror caps, vintage Fiat logos and 16-inch vintage alloy wheels.

An alternative 16-inch diamond finish alloy wheel is also available as a no cost option, offering a modern take on the spokes of classic car wheels.

The vintage theme of the car is completed by the cursive "Anniversario" logo sported on the boot.

Inside, there's more flashback styling including horizontal striped fabric, contrast piping in body colour and an embroidered 500 logo, while the body-coloured dashboard and special Anniversario embroidered floor mats complete the look.

Standard features on the Anniversario include automatic climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors while a Tech Pack, which includes a seven-inch TFT instrument panel, a Uconnect seven-inch display, sat nav and connectivity compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto is an option.

The original Fiat 500 made its debut on July 4, 1957 in Fiat's home city of Turin and went on to become one of the great cars of the Swinging Sixties.

The ‘new' 500 first made an appearance in 2007 and the car has gone on to set another milestone for the brand with more than two million sold worldwide.

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