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Discussion in 'Herman's Genres' started by Herman, Dec 21, 2013.
Hey, an original 500... aka Lusso.
Awesome car....and great photographs.
Years ago when I was growing up in Pasadena, California, my father - who was a nerd from Caltech - drove around in a Fiat Multipla station wagon. Ancient FIATs are quite wonderful cars. And very photogenic.
Thanks for sharing these!
They are awfully cute, even if that's not what a classic Fiat driver wants to hear.
the joke when I was a youngster was that FIAT was an acronym for Fix It Again, Tony. I'd love to have one of those old beauties.
A friend of mine owned one, back in 1967. He was selling it and I really wanted to buy it for the $90 he was asking but my dad said no. It was red, too, just like this one. Poor bugger, he got his money together (he had landed a swimming scholarship to a US college) but then something awful happened at home and he couldn't take it up. Shame.
Older Fiats are neat, Years ago when I was in Pasadena CA, I had a 1971 Fiat 124 Spider. Dearly loved it. When I got transferred east, I sold it for what I had in it. Convertibles seemed to hold value in SC. It was a fun car. Hated to see it discontinued and Fiat bail out of US. I moved to Alfa, owned four of them, then Alfa left US. Must be a lesson there.
I had a Fiat 126 (which was the successor) in the UK in the 1980s. Sadly, the UK climate and Fiat steel/paint didn't happily co-exist. It literally dissolved into a scabby mess after a few years. Good fun to drive though - I always enjoyed thrashing an underpowered engine to within an inch of its life. Full-throttle everywhere was the only way.
It's always more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
Another one I can remember is Lotus, lots of trouble, usually serious
Here's the original 'Topolino', taken in the Automuseum in Dortmund.
Spotted this one in a secondhand shop at Salo, Lake Garda in Italy last summer. They also had a white Alfa Romeo Spyder and a red Lancia Fulvia there
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And this one was a few years ago, again in italy but this time at Valentino Rossi's home town of Tavulia. It's a permanent feature outside the cafe where he goes when he's back home
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Such a fun little car
Love these little cars!
Had a Fiat for a while too. It's standout feature was the colour. A mustardy greenish-yellow gold-metallic.