It Doesn't Get More Adorable Than This Fiat 500 Spiaggina
5 July 2018 - motor1
Best of all, it's actually going into production.
If you're not familiar with the Fiat 500's illustrious past, the summer of 1958 marked the debut of the city car's very first special edition that was dubbed Fiat 500 Jolly a.k.a. "Spiaggina." Now, 60 years later, the Italian brand is celebrating the anniversary with the unveiling of a showcar that unsurprisingly goes by the name of Spiaggina. It represents a joint effort between Garage Italia and Pininfarina, with the two deciding to go with the roofless version eschewing the rear seats as a nod to the traditional model from many decades ago.
It's finished in a lovely two-tone Sky Blue and Pearl White livery with a matching interior featuring a custom bench reminiscent of cars from the 1960s. The waterproof upholstery further contributes to the retro vibe, as do the plethora of chrome accents harkening back to cars from a long time ago. The vintage alloy wheels and the speedster-esque lowered windscreen are a nice touch, much like the rear cargo area covered in slatted cork mimicking the teak floor boards of high-end yachts.
While Garage Italia describes the Spiaggina as a one-off, you'll be happy to hear that all these features will be available for purchase in a short while. Customers will be able to get the car with any of the Fiat 500's engines. To ensure the chassis' rigidity, Pininfarina assisted Garage Italia during the structural reinforcement work and engineered the rear roll bar.
Should this special creation be a bit too much for your tastes, Fiat will be selling a more normal Spiaggina '58 of which 1,958 cars are going to be made to reflect the classic model's year of inception. Pictured below, it can be had only as a convertible with a unique Volare Blue paint combined with an ivory fabric roof and an elegant white beltline. Chrome side mirror caps and retro-looking 16-inch alloy wheels round off the exterior tweaks together with the vintage Fiat logos and the rear-mounted Spiaggina '58 badge finished in italic script.
Inside, the limited-run model adopts a similar two-tone theme and comes as standard with a 7-inch digital driver's display and a touchscreen of the same size for the infotainment system equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Customers also get to enjoy DAB digital radio, TomTom navigation, and automatic AC. The list of standard goodies also includes rear parking sensors along with rain and dusk sensors.