Return of the cuteness: Yes, you can order this Fiat 500

So swinging '60s
by Ollie Kew | Sep 23, 2018
PHOTO: Top Gear UK

The Fiat 500 is 60 years old and, as befits the cutest motoring icon in all the world, it’s got a birthday present—a collaboration between Garage Italia and Pininfarina. Welcome to the Spiaggina by Garage Italia. As you can see, it’s based on a Fiat 500C but, thanks to hefty body strengthening work from Pininfarina, the 500’s gone fully topless this time. One roll bar, no roof rails and only two seats.

Of course, there’s a historical angle to this. Four years into the original 500’s life, there came the 500 Jolly, aka the Spiaggina, or beach buggy. Sold between 1958 and 1965, the 22bhp al-fresco-mobile didn’t even have doors and cost twice as much as the standard car. However, it became a Swinging Sixties must-have. Garage Italia and Pininfarina have simply brought that topless 500 concept bang up to date, albeit with doors attached.

Inside, you’ll find a blue-and-white bench seat in place of the normal 500’s chairs, and a cabin that’s waterproofed for beach bods. There’s chrome trim everywhere, and the back seats have been junked and replaced by a loading bay covered in cork panelling. Yep, it’s another luxury yacht reference. And you’ll be able to order the Spiaggina with a low-cut windscreen to ape the look of a speedboat’s front screen. Yes indeed, we did say “you can order”. This isn’t just a show car. Garage Italia and Pininfarina promise they are putting the Spiaggina into production, available with any engine in the current 500 range.

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