2014 will see the launch of a special edition Fiat 500 to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the inspiration for the model.
Celebrating the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 “Nuova” Cinquecento (New 500), the new 2014 Fiat 500 “1957 Edition” will per Fiat combine iconic Italian design with engaging driving dynamics and vintage styling appointments.
“The 1957 Edition celebrates the Cinquecento, the icon of our brand, and its unique cachet of Italian style, efficiency and engaging road manners,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. “Created for Italian car and design fans who want an added sense of the historic Cinquecento’s spirit, the ‘1957 Edition’ features unique styling elements, material finishes and, of course, a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension.”
Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition will wear classic exterior colors including Bianco (white), or for a bi-color look, Verde Chiaro (light green) or exclusive Celeste (celestial blue) paired with a signature Bianco painted roof and mirror caps.
Inspired by the 1957 Fiat “Nuova” Cinquecento, Fiat explained an exclusive 16-inch retro wheel design features a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic “Fiat” emblem. A sport-tuned suspension and all-season performance tires will be standard.
Throwback “Fiat” badges on the front fascia and rear liftgate will match the wheels.
The 1957 Edition’s vintage look is said to be complemented by an Avorio (ivory) interior contrasted by Marrone (brown) leather seats. Avorio accent stitching vertically crosses the seatbacks and seat cushions, while detailed stitching at the perimeter adds to the Cinquecento’s craftsmanship. For added contrast, Grigio (grey) door panels feature a unique Avorio inner panel, while Marrone door armrests and shift boot (with manual transmission) are color-keyed to the leather seats for a harmonious look. An exclusive Avorio leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched with Marrone leather on the “inner ring,” and features a retro “Fiat” badge.
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will be powered by the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine combined to the C514 five-speed manual transmission, good for an EPA estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. An optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes is also available
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will reach our shores in the Spring of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch and ordering will begin at Fiat Studios nationwide in early 2014.