Friday 8th August 1975
The last original Fiat 500 was built. The rear-engined two-door, four seat, small city car was manufactured from 1957 to 1975 over a single generation in 2-door saloon and 2-door station wagon bodystyles. Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, as a successor to the 500 “Topolino”, it was a cheap and practical little town car. Measuring 2.97 metres (9 feet 9 inches) long, and originally powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 was still 24.5 centimetres (9.6 inches) smaller than Fiat’s 600, launched two years earlier, and is considered one of the first purpose designed city cars. In 2007, the 50th anniversary of the Nuova 500’s launch, Fiat launched another new 500, stylistically inspired by the 1957 Nuova 500, featuring a front-mounted engine and front-wheel drive.