Fiat 500 Nuova

Fiat 500 Nuova

Specs Mentioned

Make/ Model – Fiat 500 Nuova (1960)

Engine – 479cc, in-line 2-cylinder, Overhead valve

Power – 13bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque – 18ft/lbs @ 2500rpm

Top speed – 51mph


In 1957, the 500 Nuova became the best-known Fiat of all times. With its Lilliputian size and happy face, the 500 was a hit right from day one. Its front fascia featured a wide metallic panel since the engine was in the back, and there was no need for a grille at the front. The designer installed the tear-shaped turn signals on the sides, close to the front fenders’ top. Its narrow chromed metallic bumper was slightly arched in front of the front panel.

Since Italy needed a very fuel-efficient engine, Fiat offered a 500 cc unit that provided just 13 hp. It was enough to move the 470 kg (1,036 lbs) vehicle which was paired to a four-speed manual gearbox.

It was designed by Dante Giacosa and, after a few versions, the production was stopped in 1975 with almost 4 million units sold.

The featured car was first registered in 1960 and spent most of its life down south in Matara and Ambalangoda. One of its owners was Dr. V. Ariyakuttii of Bagatelle Road, Colombo 3, a highly respected medical practitioner.