Fiat and Abarth 500, 600, and Seicento: 1936 to 2010

Veloce Publishing Ltd
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From the famous Topolino of the 30s, to the modern Seicento, here's the full and eventful story of the baby Fiats, with particular emphasis on the now classic 600 and Nuova 500 of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Always big on character, Fiat's little cars played an important international role in providing affordable and practical private transport for millions. Built in, and exported to many countries outside the marque's native Italy, over 6.5 million Topolinos, 600s and Nuova 500s were sold and an amazing number survive today. Read, too, about wonderful models built on these tiny chassis by Italy's leading coachbuilders, licensed models from other manufacturers and the motorsport success achieved by Abarth versions of the small cars everyone loves.Completely updated & enlarged second edition of a popular Veloce classic.Now with detailed coverage of the popular Seicento, 192 art paper pages and over 200 pictures, many in color. CONTENTS: After Zero - Design & Development - Challenge from Italy - Evolution & Beyond - Color Gallery - A New Topolino - Small is Beautiful - The Variants - The End of an Era - Living with a Baby Fiat - Directory of Clubs, Suppliers & Specialists - Production Figures - Specifications - Bibliography - Index
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Malcolm Bobbitt is a freelance writer who mainly chooses to write about automotive subjects. With several books to his credit he also contributes to a number of magazines. An avid motoring enthusiast, Malcolm owns two classic British-built Citroens, a Traction Avant and an early DS, as well as a Fiat 500c Topolino. Living in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District, the author's other interests include walking, travel, industrial and transport archaeology, classical music, fine wines and collecting motoring books.

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Veloce Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Feb 28, 2004
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781903706695
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English
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Transportation / Automotive / General
Transportation / Automotive / History
Transportation / Automotive / Pictorial
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 In deciding which models to choose for inclusion in this book selected from Fiat's huge inventory, the author concentrated on three criteria - greatness, size and emotion. Where size is an easy parameter to qualify, greatness is more complicated because it is a combination of of both the manufacturer's and the public's opinion.  A car that is highly regarded by the public may not have been a commercial success and vice verse. A truly great car is one that works well for both parties. Emotion may be considered to be an element of greatness in that the public's 'love' for a car is a fantastic benefit for a manufacturer and must be treasured. Fiat have made the mistake of 'improving' an icon on several occasions only to find that public opinion went against them. Fortunately Fiat has been magnanimous enough to respond by giving the car buying public more of what it wants. As long as they continue to do so then Fiat's reputation as the world's greatest small car manufacturer is set to continue.










The author chose the Topolino as the starting point as the car fulfils all the criteria and it was the first Fiat built in the late 1930s to satisfy the Italian public's new-found desire for mobilisation. The old conventions of car production were turned upside down with the arrival of the 600 which revolutionised car production techniques and maximised on passenger space and performance at minimal cost. These principals continued via a succession of models which include the 500, 850, 126, 127 through to more recent models like the Cinquecento and Seicento.




Running in parallel with these 'cheeky' Fiats, this book covers a range of slightly larger cars that were built in huge numbers. Though rather staid in appearance, the 1950s Millecento was family transport for millions of Italians covering three decades, four when the Indian-built cars are included. Similarly the 128, Panda and Uno were 'the' Italian small cars of the '70s, '80s and '90s. Nuova Panda carries the banner to the present day.

Today, Fiat's superbly stylish 124 Spider is accepted internationally as a desirable classic car and its stablemate, the elegant 124 CoupÈ, is quickly gaining similar acceptance. That this recognition is deserved cannot be disputed, for both cars have all the right ingredients for lasting fame: original style, original engineering and real driver-pleasing performance, together with the one essential quality that makes a real 'classic car' - deep-seated individual character.In production from 1966 to 1985, the Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider was a huge export success for Fiat with over 170,000 examples being sold in the USA alone, whilst the 124 CoupÈ, styled by Boano, also enjoyed sales success throughout the world between 1967 and 1975. Both cars used Fiat's willing and technically advanced twin-cam engine in sizes ranging from 1400 to 2000cc. Towards the end of production the Spider even enjoyed supercharged performance in its Volumex form.Not to be forgotten is the 124 Spider's important rÙle in international rallying during the 1970s, when the cars created and homologated by Abarth were very successful and always newsworthy. Over 1000 examples of the legendary Fiat-Abarth 124 Spider were built and today, deservedly, these traditionally black-bonneted/hooded cars enjoy great status amongst serious collectors.Here, from an enthusiast author, is the complete history of these important cars, including motorsport. Also within these covers the enthusiast will find expert advice on which model to choose, restoration, clubs, specialists and what it's like to live with a Fiat 124 Spider or CoupÈ.

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