From 1957 through 1970 Autobianchi used the Fiat 500 platform to build a cool looking minicar called the Bianchina, which I’ve been told is Italian for “makes the driver look huge.” And the truth is, you don’t need to be Kareem Abdul Jabar to look huge next to a car with a 72 inch wheel base and a 117 inch total length…in fact, Paula Abdul would look like a giant next to this thing. Which is, apparently, the appeal of the microcar, drive something tiny so you feel like a giant, I wonder if I could buy this with my HFSA money and claim it is a form of therapy? Find this 1965 Autobianchi Bianchina offered for $19,500 in Georgetown, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It is hard to understand how small a vintage Fiat 500 (Cinquecento!) is unless you see one in person. They are 116.9 inches in length, which is 3 inches shorter than the wheelbase of a Stellantis Chrysler 300 sedan. Haha, Stellantis. Anyway, at 1100 lbs curb weight, the vintage Fiat 500 is a zippy little city car, but if you want something fun with an Abarth badge, this is the way to do it. Find this 1971 Fiat 500 Abarth offered for $18,900 in Miami, FL via ebay.
If you are looking for a car that has the styling of a 3/4 scale VW Thing, the convenience of a canvas top, and power from an OG Fiat 500…there is only one answer. The Fiat 500 Minimaxi by Moretti. Sure, the name is a mouthful, but this car has the chops to hang with a Citroën Méhari or Mini Moke…and that is saying something. Find this 1977 Fiat 500 Minimaxi by Moretti offered for $13,700 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Miami, FL.
The Torino was an intermediate sized sedan, coupe, fastback or convertible available from Ford starting in 1968…but the history of the Torino (named for the Italian city of Turin) is slightly complicated. The Torino name was firstly applied to an upscale version of the intermediate Fairlane sedan, but in 1968 the Torino was a lower […]
We continue DT’s Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving celebration with this next Italian import, which is a Fiat: The 2012 release of the Fiat 500 for the US market was actually a success from a sales perspective..but despite the “Eye-tal-yon” heritage, this thing was assembled in Meh-he-co, which probably isn’t a bad thing, because I have to […]
Our next feature on this most festive holiday known around the globe as Fiat Munday’s is another Fiat, but this one is wasn’t assembled by someone named Gianni in Italy, but more than likely built by Jan in Poland or Juan in Mexico…which is not to say it isn’t a better car…but would fettuccine made […]
If the marketing wanks at Hallmark are able to make up fake holidays, then we here at DT are equally qualified to create opportunities for commerce and profit. Therefore, I declare today, the day after Mother’s Day to be henceforth known furthermore as “Fiat Munday”. And YES, the spelling is “Munday” to differentiate it from […]
One of the problems with driving a fast factory sports car (like a newish Corvette, M3, 911..etc) is that random people want to race you…which leaves you with the conundrum of winning these on-ramp derbys and looking like a rich buy-your-way-into-first-douche and losing your license as you murder innocent strangers in a fiery crash….so the […]
If a 1970 Caddy Eldorado is not quite pimp enough for you, what was a man to do? Back in the day, legendary car customizer George Barris created the Del Caballero package that was available at select dealerships. The end result was a car fit for none other than Huggy Bear Brown himself. The package included: […]
Out of all the terrible retro styled junk to come from Detroit in the past few years, I really think they’ve missed the boat on…well…old boats. GM should bring back the Biscayne name on some giant gas guzzler sedan, and Ford should bring back the Galaxie, complete with pushrod V8, larger than life styling, and […]