Always a basic car, the Fiat 500 was in fact it so tinder-powered when launched in 1957 that even Italians gave it the cold shoulder. In comparison to rival countries'''' offerings, such as the Citroen 2CV and the Morris/Austin Mini that appeared just two years later, the 500 was out of date almost from the start. Most small cars could offer similar economy and just as much interior space while having that useful extra refinement for long journeys, but none of those rivals was quite as small as the Fiat. It was the ultimate town car, and its tiny dimensions and cheeky good looks soon won an enormous following among minimalist motorists around the world.
Indeed, the Fiat 500 was a true successor to the Fiat Topolino which had been part of the Italian culture since 1936. The bubble-like shape of t