Cars Then & Now

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1957 Fiat 500
Original Base Price: 465,000 lire ($256 based on today’s exchange rate)
The Fiat Nuova (new) 500 was designed to develop and revamp Fiat’s product range following the devastation of World War II. The small Cinquecento (Italian for “500”) delivered on its mission to provide efficient, affordable transportation during Italy’s period of rebuilding and economic recovery. Introduced in July of 1957, the 500 was less than 10-feet long and had space for two. The small 2-cylinder engine provided a modest 13 horsepower. But the 500 was just what the public and Fiat needed, and almost 4 million 500s were sold before production ended in 1975.

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