By Stewart Smith on 2017-03-28 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Special edition Fiat
FIAT is launching a special edition 500 convertible to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic model.
The special edition, called the 500-60TH, comes with a grey fabric roof and bi-colour paintwork, combining white for the body of the car and pastel ivory for the bonnet and roof pillars.
Chrome mirror covers and special 16-inch alloy wheels, with white diamond finish, complete the look and pay homage to the styling cues of the original Fiat 500.
Inside, a 'Bordeaux' vinyl dashboard and vintage Fiat logo-clad steering wheel complement the retro inspired ivory leather seats, with contrasting piping, ivory leather gear knob, bespoke floor mats and special anniversary kick plates.
While the styling is a flashback to the original 500 of 1957, the special edition has the latest technology with a multi-function steering wheel, seven-inch HD Uconnect touchscreen system with Bluetooth, satellite navigation and USB and AUX IN ports as well as cruise control, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors.
The special 500 will be available with a choice of three petrol engines: the 1.2-litre 69bhp and the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85bhp, both available with a manual or Dualogic semi-automatic gearbox, and a higher powered 0.9-litre TwinAir with 105bhp.
The 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85bhp and Dualogic gearbox emits 88g/km of CO2 while returning a claimed 74.3mpg on the combined cycle.
Having set trends worldwide in lifestyle, fashion and art, more than six million Fiat 500s have been sold globally in the past six decades.
Just 250 units of the special model will make their way to the UK, and the first 60 built will be completed with an individually numbered limited edition plate and certificate of authenticity.
Prices range from £19,240 for the 1.2-litre, £20,500 for the 85bhp TwinAir and £21,000 for the 105bhp TwinAir.
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