The new Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58 special series
Produced in a limited edition of 1958 cars, the Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58 has an incredible vintage look.
The fourth of July was a special day in the “calendar” of Fiat, which presented the Fiat 500 in 1957 and in 2007 its modern edition. This year the anniversary is celebrated in big style, because the 60 years of the Jolly Spiaggina fall, the utilitarian developed by the Ghia body and became a symbol among the nice cars without roof and doors very popular in the 50s and 60 in some prestigious seaside resorts. Fiat therefore wanted to celebrate these two events by launching the special series Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58 , a variant in 1958 exemplars based on the 500C with a very charming and evocative look.
The Fiat’s designers have tried to refer to the Jolly Spiaggina, but for technical reasons and costs could not shorten the roof pillars and remove the doors. As a result they focused on the details: the Spiaggina ’58 provides in fact the “nostalgic” blue Volare paint, the beige hood, 16 “rims with a vintage style and a white profile on the side, in addition to the chrome shells of the rearview mirrors, the vintage logos of the Fiat and the spiaggina ’58 chrome script on the rear. The dashboard resumes the blue color of the bodywork, while the seats have a gray seat and an ivory colored bezel. Even the Fiat logo on the steering wheel recalls the vintage one. The nostalgic look of the Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58 contrasts with the interior, where there is the modern 7 “touch screen of the Uconncet 7” HD Live multimedia system, which integrates the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. Also included in the price are the automatic “climate” and the rear proximity sensors. The only engine expected is the 69 hp 1.2 petrol, updated by Fiat to meet the Euro 6d-Temp anti-pollution legislation.
But Garage Italia, the Lapo Elkann company specializing in the customization of cars, airplanes and boats, dared more. Indeed, it has realized a unique example of the Fiat 500 Spiaggina , characterized by light colors that recall the summer is profoundly modified compared to the standard model. For example, the roof, as tradition for the 1960s, is no longer there and the space for the rear passengers has been transformed into a large compartment with integrated shower needed after a day at the beach. This change was made possible thanks to the support of Pininfarina technicians, who supported Garage Italia’s staff in the design of structural reinforcement interventions, such as the rear rollbar, to guarantee the correct rigidity of the frame. Instead of the front seats we find a bench that recalls the typical design of the cars of the 60s, embellished with white and blue Foglizzo leather upholstery, with waterproofing treatment.