At first glance this looks like an ordinarily plain Fiat 600. Although the car is ordinary, the owner and the story behind it is special.
Nancy Amons is a 20 + year veteran of Nashville news casting. When Ms. Amons was in college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she spotted this car at a yard sale and purchased it for $35.00 in 1973. Ms. Amons then used the Fiat for regular transportation around campus for the next 9 months until the car developed major engine problems, and stopped running. Deciding the car was worthless, Ms. Amons wanted to junk the Fiat but her father, Stanley, thought they should keep it, and "maybe fix it up one day." Mr. Amons towed the car back to their home in central Massachusetts, and for the next 36 years the Fiat rested in a barn on the Amons's property. Unfortunately the Fiat never did get repaired, and Mr. Amons passed away.
With such a great history, Ms. Amons has a lot of emotional attachment to the vehicle. She decided in 2010 to donate the car to the museum. In the last 2 years the museum has mechanically restored the car, but not changed its outward appearance in any way. The Fiat contains beautiful shag carpet from the 70s, along with the very flowery interior panels.
On September 20, 2012 Ms. Amons came to the museum to once again drive her college-days Fiat. She kept referring to it as "her little orange pumpkin."
Manufacturer: Fiat Automobiles S.p.A.
Country of Origin: Italy
Drivetrain Configuration: Longitudinal rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 633cc, rear mounted 4 cylinder, water cooled
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 65 mph
Years of Production: 1955-69
Number Produced: 2,695,197
Original Cost: $1,237