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PhilD

Fiat 500 drop top

As it's service and MOT time for the mighty Punto this morning was spent at the local Fiat dealer. My lady had a good poke around a 500 convertible and loved it. Plenty of room for the little one as well. Pictures to follow.[/list]
Twelfth Monkey

It's one of those cars, enlightened though I try to be, that I can't imagine driving as a bloke!
PhilD

Here's the pic of the both of them in it.

boc70

Still looks bigger than the original!
Frank Bullitt

I see she has to adopt the familiar Italian short legs long arms driving position
PG

Is that Fiat's version of a Cygnet then? A small car that goes with your 500?
PhilD

boc70 wrote:
Still looks bigger than the original!


I've hankered after a Nuova 500 since BIL had one back in the 80s but now when I see one I'm actually scared for anyone driving them.
PhilD

PG wrote:
Is that Fiat's version of a Cygnet then? A small car that goes with your 500?


Bit cheaper though at 175
Big Blue

PhilD wrote:


I've hankered after a Nuova 500 since BIL had one back in the 80s but now when I see one I'm actually scared for anyone driving them.


I agree: they look like they might just be crushed accidentally by some huge truck.
boc70

PhilD wrote:
boc70 wrote:
Still looks bigger than the original!


I've hankered after a Nuova 500 since BIL had one back in the 80s but now when I see one I'm actually scared for anyone driving them.


Spotted in Rome last year. (quite frequently, to be fair)

I quite like the Russian doll effect.

Racing Teatray

I have actually driven a Nuova 500 because my father's wife (a fashion designer and consistently ahead of every known trend) has a red one that my father bought for her in 1990 for the princely sum of 1.5 million lira (about 600). It's called Humphrey and wears a silver teddy bear bonnet mascot for extra cutesiness.

It's a hoot. You start it by fiddling with two small levers in between the seats.  

My wife occasionally plots to rescue a blue Giardiniera estate version (technically an Autobianchi, rather than a Fiat) that her grandfather used to use for pottering around with his dogs, and which is still rotting away gently in a garage up in the ancestral village in the Apennines. Her idea is to have it restored and then use it as our holiday car for pottering around locally when we are in Italy.
PG

PhilD wrote:
boc70 wrote:
Still looks bigger than the original!


I've hankered after a Nuova 500 since BIL had one back in the 80s but now when I see one I'm actually scared for anyone driving them.


There was a convertible for sale at the Goodwood meeting auction last weekend. They look so small. And the price made my eyes water. Just the 18-24k guide price.  



Chris M Wanted a V-10

Racing Teatray wrote:
....., and which is still rotting away gently in a garage up in the ancestral village in the Apennines. Her idea is to have it restored and then use it as our holiday car for pottering around locally when we are in Italy.

Sounds like a job for Resident Spanner to me.....
PhilD

Racing Teatray wrote:


It's a hoot. You start it by fiddling with two small levers in between the seats.



I remember there was always lots of fiddling with BILs. Can picture the choke but also another similar handle near it. Is this the same lever you are referring to (maybe it moved from between the seats?)
Racing Teatray

Yes the two levers are the choke and the starter. Open choke, pull starter. There's also a cable-operated hand throttle under the dash to keep the revs up when the engine is cold.
PhilD

Racing Teatray wrote:
There's also a cable-operated hand throttle under the dash to keep the revs up when the engine is cold.


That's what I'm thinking of!

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