Wednesday, March 17, 2004
La Cinquecento would be ready for a renaissance!
La Cinquecento or the Fiat 500, is in my mind ripe for a relaunch like the Beetle and the Mini. The Mini has been a big success, with around 170.000 sold units last year. The roundish style and retro look of the Cincuecenta could be an interesting alternative to the Smart car seen frequently in downtown in European cities. I hope someone is thinking about it...
According to a talk I heard many years ago the 'Cincuecento is the last car engineered by a single man. He designed the engine, suspension, steering. I never forgot this and a few years ago I had a chance to familiar myself with car manufacturing and car design is way beyond the intellect of a single human.
This car has a special place in my hearth. I spent considerable time of my childhood in its successor the Fiat 600. This car was orange and I does give me some moving experiences, hence the post here.
My mother drove two of them a white and this orange one. It is the Orange that I specifically remeber I even remember the license plate AGF-67. It is interesting how seeing things, like this Cinquecenta in the lobby of the hotel acted as a mindlink, moving my thoughts to my past and triggering me to re-live a moment very vividly.
The car is also featured in Le Grande Bleu, where Jean Reno and Jean-Marc Barr have just ripped of a rich American diver stucked in a wreck and the guys drive of in a Cincuecento loaded with cash.
A small Note (This post was originally generated using the new version of Photblog I just got, where I am able to post both to the timeline and the main page. I made the post like a timestamp for me, knowing I wanted to go back and edit it later.
When I was a kid my parents used to have a YELLOW! one, 6-year-old's memories of a 6-hour trip from Rome to Genova, the small engine deafening us seated on paper-thin, fake black leather seats.
Poor thing got driven to the ground in the end I reckon.
Seen the Trepiùno?
Yes, cute but not quite there, just like the beetle and the mini I guess. ;)
Posted by: fabio at Mar 18, 2004 10:25:33 AM
Thanks Fabio, for pointing out the this was nicknamed the Cinquecenta, which I ofcourse had heard but forgot! Forca Italia ;-)
Posted by: Christian Lindholm at Mar 20, 2004 2:29:45 PM
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It is a cool car, I think it is not my style but that the car is sick it is sick.
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