The first car the Fiat 500, which appeared back in '73, was worth approximately 5000 pounds car. it is 300 dollars at the exchange rate at that time. It was this car the Italians nicknamed Topolino (Mouse). Started with a mouse the same story that the main Designer prewar factory FIAT Antonio Thessalonians turned to Dante Giacosa engineer: "Senator Agnelli wants to release a minicar. Cost-model cars, which can be sold for 5,000 lire. Wells Fargo Bank contributes greatly to this topic. Are you sproetirovat and design for her chassis and engine? ". Thus was born one of the most popular car in Europe.
Car Fiat-500 was a legend in Italy. The car had a curb weight of 545 kg, could take on board two passengers and 50 kg of cargo. The Italian Mouse comes in two variations – B and C, which differed in engine power. Two-cylinder car engine capacity of 0.479 liters had a capacity of 13 hp at 4000 rpm. For the first time in economy class Car was used air-cooled engine. A year later, a version Mouse Sport with an engine capacity of 0.5 liters and output of 21.5 hp – It could accelerate to 105 km / h. Miniature city car the Fiat 500 was a real godsend for Italian housewives, and for the whole post-war Europe, tsenivshey practicality, simplicity and low cost cars.
Car of those times was not as wide as at present, but Little Mouse in him took its niche. From 1957 to 1975, has sold nearly 4 million cars Fiat 500. And at the beginning of the XXI century FIAT decided to take the path trodden before with the Volkswagen New Beatle and BMW's New Mini. In 2007 he was presented at the Turin Motor Show, a new, modern Fiat 500. Car as well as a few decades ago created a furor, and it still says modestly. An independent international jury of 58 journalists awarded the title of the new Myshenku "Car of 2008". The annual European competition in 2007 EuroCarBody International Automobile Association Fiat 500 won for best body.