Fiat began in 1899 when Giovanni Agnelli led a group of investors to form the Societa Aninima Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili - Torino. FIAT (now Fiat) is now a huge multinational conglomerate and has been building cars for over 100 years. Some consider the most famous Fiat of all to be the 500 “Topolino.” Launched in 1936, the new “baby” Fiat was the smallest mass-produced car of its time. With two seats, a sidevalve 13bhp 569cc engine and a 6½ foot wheelbase, it was designed to bring motoring to the masses.
This station wagon body was introduced with the 500 B in 1948. This later Belvedere, or steel wagon, was a very popular model of the redesigned C Series. (The Giardiniera offered woody sides, but little else.) The 500 C differed from the original 500 A in several significant ways. An overhead-valve aluminum head resulted in an additional 3.5 HP and the C also sported new front end bodywork with a horizontal grille. A heat and defroster system were also added – a first for Fiat! Of the more than 500,000 Topolinos produced, well over half were of the C model.
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Manufacturer: S.A. Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino
Country of Origin: Italy
Drivetrain Configuration: Longitudinal front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 569cc, inline 4 cylinder, water cooled
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 50 mph
Years of Production: 1936-55
Number Produced: 376,370 500 C;total 500 production: 519,646
Original Cost: Uknown