Fiat will celebrate the history of its famous 500 with a special-edition car that debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition pays homage to the very first year of production for the 1957 Fiat Nuova Cinquecento. Between 1957 and 1975, Fiat built nearly 3.9 million units of the original 500.
This special edition car is based on a 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge but dressed up to match the original. Three paint colors are exclusive to the 1957 Edition and come with white-painted mirrors and roof: Verde Chiaro (light green), Celeste (celestial blue), and Bianco (white). Special 16-inch wheels, again unique to the 1957 Edition, have a body-colored ring with a wide chrome lip and white center cap. Finally, the badges on the car's hood, rear, and wheel center caps reprise the historical red-on-white Fiat emblem from 1957.
Retro touches for the interior begin with Avorio (ivory) trim for the dashboard, steering wheel, and door panels. The leather seats, armrests, and shift boot are finished in Marrone (brown) with Avorio stitching. An historic Fiat badge is fitted to the steering wheel, and the car's key fob has a matching Marrone case with "1957" painted in Avorio. Standard equipment includes a six-speaker premium sound system with satellite radio and the Fiat 500's optional sport suspension.
There are no mechanical changes, so the 1957 Edition continues with the same 101-hp 1.4-liter inline-four engine as any other 2014 Fiat 500. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic optional.
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition goes on sale in spring 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to that date; a standard Fiat 500 Lounge starts at $19,300 after an $800 destination charge.