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Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily



We saw this tiny old car just outside the Palazzo del Normanni in Palermo.  Not really any identifying marks I could spot, and I  don't think I've ever seen one like it before.


Can someone help me figure out what type of car this is and about how old it might be?






(peeking inside the driver's window)


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Yes, it's a Fiat 500/600.

I drove one around Spain in the 70s.

Tiny rear engine - air cooled - go forever !

Copied in many countries around the world - made under license from Fiat

Considered quite a fashionable car and Fiat have started making the Fiat 500 again!

But much, much bigger ! 


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Gary, that pic is the "new" 500 (Cinquecento), now appearing in greater numbers in the U.S. as well, since Chrysler and Fiat are now one.


But DrF's is the old one, from the 50s-70s, such as this one. I believe the last year was 1973; this is a 1967 model. Note the passenger-size to car-size ratio!




This is part of a whole series of "people's cars" of the postwar generation. Others include the VW Beetle, the Citroen 2CV, the original Mini and a few more. It's been interesting to see the Beetle, the Mini and the 500 revived as semi-luxury items.

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The most common military version of the Beetle in WW2 was the "Kubelwagen," the German equivalent of the U.S. Jeep. Here's a picture of them together...




Incidentally, "Kubelwagen" means "bucket car," named because it was one of the first vehicles equipped with bucket seats...deeply indented to help keep passengers from flying out when the side doors were not in place.

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DrF, are you sure?  


Yours is, indeed, a Fiat 500.  I drove the Spanish version, called a Seat, during a time I spent in Mallorca, mid '60's, a new one that broke down regularly, terrible car but rented, so the agency would pick it up and fix it.  As PHeymont mentions, I think of VW as the real "People's Car", reliable and a '69 model, I may have mentioned previously, lives in my garage below me as I write.  I intend to update its registration soon so a friend can drive it.  I'm sure I'll be taking a spin too.  I may even indulge it with (another) new paint job.

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