It's a bit retro.

To celebrate 60 since the original Fiat 500 went on sale, the Italian car manufacturer has announced a special edition of the current model, badged the 500 Anniversario.

While the current 500 bears little more than a passing resemblance to the original Cinquecento, Fiat says it remains true to its aims of combining mass appeal with exclusivity. It's certainly true that the current Fiat 500, around largely unchanged since 2007, has proved to be a hit for the firm which has also produced offshoots such as the 500L people carrier and 500X crossover.

The Anniversario model will be available as a convertible or hatchback and finished in a choice of two exclusive colours, Riviera Green and Sicilia Orange. Fiat says the special edition includes "references [to] some of the key historic characteristics of the car," such as chrome accents on the bonnet and door mirrors, as well as vintage Fiat badges and retro-look 16-inch alloy wheels (a no-cost option... take them or leave them).

2017 Fiat 500 Anniversario
2017 Fiat 500 Anniversario
2017 Fiat 500 Anniversario

Power will come from Fiat's 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine, unchanged from the standard 500, while the interior features bespoke horizontal striped fabric along with a body-coloured dash and unique floor mats.

According to the press release, the sixties was synonymous with embracing new technology... which explains why the Anniversario comes with automatic climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors as standard, says Fiat. Pay extra for the optional Tech Pack, and you'll get a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as sat-nav on request.

Orders for the Fiat 500 Anniversario are open now, with deliveries beginning next month. Prices start at £14,265.


Source: Fiat

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