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Old is New Again for Fiat

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On: Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:11PM | By: Karen Cook

Old is New Again for Fiat

Late spring will bring something special to the showrooms of Fiat dealerships. A limited production 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will make its debut in celebration of Italian automotive history. It is inspired by the Nuovo 500 which went into production on July 4th, 1957. The last one was built on August 4th, 1975.

The price tag is $21,200 which is only slightly above the base 500 at $16,995. There are quite a few upgrades packed into the little vehicle though. It starts with a 1.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder engine in your choice of five-speed manual or six speed automatic transmissions. Add a sport-tuned suspension and 16-inch forged aluminum wheels, and you’re off to the races. It comes in Bianco, Verde Chiaro, or Celeste (white, light green or blue) with the green and blue models having a white-painted roof and mirror caps.

Inside is total luxury packed into a compact space. The premium leather comes in “subtle earth tones with sophisticated ivory trim” according to the manufacturer’s website, and covers not only the seats but the shift knob, shift boot, and steering wheel also. A premium audio system is standard and includes a 6-speaker, 276-watt stereo with SiriusXM radio. The Fiat badge has also gone retro everywhere it appears, whether inside or out.

As an added bonus the EPA has given the Fiat 500 1957 Edition an estimated 31 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. The maker has not released the number they are planning to make, so if you want one you might want to hop on it.

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