Pick of the Day: 1972 Fiat 500R, the people’s car of Europe

Published on 2/22/2021 1:42:37 PM

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Fiat designer Dante Giacosa launched the first Fiat 500 in July 1957. With to its tiny structure, the Cinquecento quickly gained popularity throughout Europe as they easily zipped along those narrow city streets. 

The first Fiat 500 released in 1957 was just over 9 feet long and powered by a 479cid two-cylinder engine that put out a whopping 13 horsepower and reached a top speed of 53 miles per hour. The cars were equipped with rear-hinged doors, sometimes called suicide doors, canvass fold-back sunroofs and weighed in at just 1,036 pounds empty. 

Production on the 500s ended in 1975 but decades later, in 2007, Fiat brought the 500 back to life; they were an instant hit and won the European Vehicle of the Year award in 2008. 

The Pick of the Day is one of those small yet mighty 1972 Fiat 500R, which underwent a “fresh rotisserie restoration completed by a renowned micro-car expert located just north of Modena, Italy,” says the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com