The FIAT 500 is already flush with retro cool, hailing as it does from the button-cute Cinquecento which debuted in 1957 and took Italy by storm. When the modern 500 arrived on our shores over a decade ago, it gave our roads a much-needed dash of Italian seasoning, thanks to its fantastic color palate and unique looks. At that point, the only new Italian cars available to American buyers were models from Ferrari and Maserati, which are makes that are basically synonymous with exclusivity.
That said, if you’re looking to pick up a new FIAT 500, you’re in luck, as the company is bringing back the 1957 Edition, which takes the standard 500 and cranks up the retro vibe. Available in either hatchback or cabrio models, the 1957 Edition comes in a choice of three period correct hues: celeste blue (pictured), chiaro (pistachio green) and bianco ice (white). On the cabrios, the roof will be black, and on the hardtops, it’ll be white, for a cool two-tone look.
Interiors on all models will be a combination of ivory accents and brown seats with contrasting stitching. In out opinion, the coolest part of the package are the color-matched wheels, which make the whole thing pop. One other thing to love about the 1957 Edition? All now come with turbo power and a sporty exhaust, which means the 1.4-liter is now pumping out 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque — a big improvement over the naturally aspirated version’s 101 horsepower and 97 lb-ft of torque.
We’ve tested plenty of flavors of FIAT’s plucky little 500, from the 500 Pop, to the 500L, to the zippy 500 Abarth, and liked them all for a variety of reasons. Check out our reviews, and if you like what you see, head down to your local AutoNation FIAT dealer. Because a dose of Italian cool could be right around the corner.