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Car Of The Day: September 24, 2017; Hot Wheels '66 Fiat 500
Topic Started: Sep 25 2017, 08:21 AM (243 Views)
Dean-o-mite
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Today's car of the day comes from juantoo3's collection, and is Hot Wheels' 1966 Fiat 500.


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The Fiat 500 (Italian: Cinquecento) was a rear-engined two-door, four seat, small city car manufactured and marketed by Fiat Automobiles from 1957 to 1975 over a single generation in 2-door saloon and 2-door station wagon body styles. Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, as a successor to the 500 "Topolino", it was a cheap and practical little town car. Measuring 2.97 meters (9 feet 9 inches) long, and originally powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 was still 24.5 centimeters (9.6 inches) smaller than Fiat's 600, launched two years earlier, and is considered one of the first purpose designed city cars. The F spans two periods of 500 production, the D and the L. As such, it is the most frequently misidentified model. Between 1965 and 1969 the F carried the same badging as the D, but the two models are distinguishable by the positioning of their door hinges. The D has "suicide doors": the F, produced from June 1965, at last featured front-hinged doors.



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This model is from the Hot Wheels: Car Culture: Air Cooled series. While the packaging identifies the car as a "60's Fiat 500D Modificado," the lack of suicide doors indicates this is a late 60's 500F model...unless the "modificado" covers the swapping of suicide doors for the 1966-onward's front-hinged doors.


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In 1949, Fiat released the front engine Fiat 500 economy car to meet the demands of the post-war market. It had a 2-door coupe body with sun-roof, which was later complemented by an Estate version. Both continued until 1954 when they were replaced by an all-new, lighter car. The new car had a rear-mounted engine, on the pattern of the Volkswagen Beetle, just like its bigger brother the 1955 Fiat 600. Several car makers followed the now uncommon rear engine configuration at the time and were quite successful. The Neckar version of the 500 was manufactured in Heilbronn under a complicated deal involving NSU, and was introduced in October 1961. Steyr-Puch produced cars based on the Fiat 500 under license in Graz, Austria. Despite its very small size, the 500 proved to be an enormously practical and popular vehicle throughout Europe. Besides the two-door coupe, it was also available as the "Giardiniera" estate; this variant featured the standard engine laid on its side, the wheelbase lengthened by 10 cm (3.9 in) to provide a more convenient rear seat, a full-length sunroof, and larger brakes from the Fiat 600. Sports models were famously produced by Abarth, as well as by Giannini. Production of the 500 ended in 1975, although its replacement, the Fiat 126, was launched two years earlier.



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Pegers
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at first i thought it was a majorette with those rims..nice
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94cadillacfleetwood
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One of my favourite new HW this year. Nicely done and detailed!
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juantoo3
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Hard to believe this little hot rod is powered by a 2 cylinder air cooled engine! It's smaller than a VW bug!
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pjedsel
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Wow - would never have guessed this one was from Hot Wheels - very nice!
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New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
That's the one I never found!!!!!! :( :( :( :(
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juantoo3
Sep 25 2017, 05:46 PM
Hard to believe this little hot rod is powered by a 2 cylinder air cooled engine! It's smaller than a VW bug!
believe me it's very tiny! :)

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diomakr
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just came across one of these- planned on featuring it at this year's Race Daze... was wondering about the particulars though- thanks for the pix and interesting info!
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jurcpa
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a very fast old racer and pure spirit souel etc ,very beauty many thanks
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juantoo3
Sep 25 2017, 05:46 PM
Hard to believe this little hot rod is powered by a 2 cylinder air cooled engine! It's smaller than a VW bug!
:wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: polski fiat,austrian puch 500 ,italy fiat ,seat ??? or more countrys made this charming car ???????????
and please look in your privat mail box !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mehanotehnika pictures 10 cars !!!!!!! :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1:
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I know the hood is open for cooling but I'd like one with it closed....... :blink:
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