Fiat deliver a style of the Riviera to Australian shores


Fiat has confirmed its Italian Riviera-inspired particular, the five hundred Spiaggina ‘58, is sure for Australian shores.The blue-and-white convertible will probably be priced from $25,990 earlier than on-road prices with a five-speed guide or $27,990 with an automated.That’s some huge cash for what’s an ageing compact automotive, however the little Fiat does have a wealthy backstory serving to to justify its worth.Again within the Nineteen Fifties, the Fiat 500 Jolly ‘Spiaggina’, which accurately translated from Italian means beach-ette, was a fixture on the Italian Riviera, ferrying rich vacationers to glamorous seaside resorts.The Italian financial system was in fine condition, and other people had cash to burn on cute, glamorous luxuries just like the pastel-coloured 500 Jolly. Positive, it wasn’t strictly needed, however the automotive put a smile on folks’s faces.At this time’s retro tribute is a little more succesful than the unique, designed to evoke the glamour of the Nineteen Fifties in a mildly modified 2019 500C.Simply 1958 examples are being constructed worldwide, and simply 30 are being shipped to Australia, all completed in the identical shade of Volare Blue.Apparently the color has been named to have fun the music Volare, described by Fiat as ‘soundtrack to the Dolce Vita years’.Regardless, it contrasts with retro polished wheels, a beige roof and chrome brightwork to pay homage to the unique Spiaggina. It’s about as old school as a contemporary automotive can look, given how a lot bigger and extra succesful the 2019 500 is than its Nineteen Fifties cousin.Inside, the sprint is trimmed in the identical Volare Blue as the outside, whereas the seats are blue and white to spherical out the theme. A 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto sits within the dashboard.Though different compact vehicles provide extra know-how, it’s price contemplating the actual fact the Nineteen Fifties Fiat 500 provided neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto."We’re excited to have fun the historical past of Fiat’s very first particular version collection with the arrival of the Fiat 500C Spiaggina ’58 Version, combining an eccentric Volare blue exterior with classic design components to essentially flip heads," mentioned Fulvio Antonelli, head of Fiat Australia.Fiat could be one of many prime offenders, nevertheless it’s not alone in invoking its previous with particular editions, retro designs and cutesy names.Volkswagen mightn’t provide the Beetle anymore, nevertheless it as soon as charged $5000 for a ‘Fender Version’ of the automotive. With polished alloy wheels and a deep black exterior end, a sunburst trim piece on the dashboard and a stereo impressed by an old school guitar amplifier, it performed a really related recreation to the five hundred pictured right here.Whereas we’re speaking retro vehicles, it’s unattainable to disregard Mini’s cavalcade of kitschy specials.The Kensington Version, Millbrook Version, Blackheath Version, Royal Marriage ceremony Version and 60 Years Version have all been launched throughout the final 12 months, every with its personal array of Union Jack add-ons and a tenuous hyperlink to the previous.


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