Fiat goes back to roots with retro-inspired 500

Fiat 500 1957 Edition comes in blue, green and white retro-inspired colours

Published: September 30, 2018, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:59 PM

2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is again going back to its roots to celebrate the 1957 birth of the Fiat 500, with a 1957 Edition for the upcoming 2019 model year.

A similar edition to celebrate the 1957 Nuova Cinquecento (New 500) was created in 2014 for the 2015 model year, running out of production in 2016. The 2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition (Vintage 57 in Europe, which was a much cooler name!) was available as a coupe, whereas the new version will be available in coupe or convertible.

Besides the exterior looks (the 500 got a facelift in 2016, with new lights and grille), the new 1957 Edition differs from its predecessor with body painted retro 16-inch chrome wheels (the previous version’s were white/chrome), and ivory door trim and instrument panel (previously also in white).

Like the previous version, the exterior comes three colours — Celeste Blue (Pale Blue), Chiaro (Light Green) and Bianco Ice (White) — with white roof (on coupe; black soft top on convertibles) and white door mirror caps. The front end again features chrome pieces but not as much as on the 2015 version, which had a second trim piece over the old-style bumper-level grille, and there are retro Fiat badges outside and in.

Based on the Lounge model, the 500 1957 Edition’s interior is again upholstered in Marrone leather, with the tanning also making it on a leather shift boot (manual only) and steering wheel (trimmed up in Avorio, or Ivory). A unique retro-styled key-fob completes the package.

As with all Fiat 500s, the 1957 Edition will get power from a 135-hp 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 150 lb-ft of torque, delivering power to the front wheels via either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 1957 Edition package will likely tack on between $1,200 to $1,500 to the MSRP of the Fiat 500 Lounge, which currently sits at $25,995 ($29,995 for the Cabrio).