Fiat 500 Celebrates 60th Anniversary With New Special Edition

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Sadly, the US doesn't seem to be included in the birthday celebrations.

One of the most iconic hatchbacks of all time, the fabled Fiat 500 has turned 60 this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Italian manufacturer is releasing a special edition model called the Fiat 500 Sessantesimo set to debut at Geneva – that's Italian for "sixtieth." It will only be available as a convertible model and only 560 models are being produced (500 + 60 = 560 – get it?). Distinguishing this special edition 500 is a new dual-color paintjob named Dolcevita, with a three-layer white for the lower body and pastel ivory for the upper part.

Complementing the two-tone paint job is a grey and burgundy waistrail, as well as chrome side mirror caps, an exclusive badge on the pillars, a numbered edition nameplate, tinted rear windows and unique 16 inch alloys. Inside, the Fiat 500 Sessantesimo is fitted with ivory leather-wrapped seats contrasted with burgundy seams for a pleasant interior. It's safe to say this Fiat 500 is significantly better equipped than the original model, however. As standard, you get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX, sat-nav, automatic climate control, cruise control and plenty of other technologies that didn't exist in 1957.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity can also be added as optional extras. Fiat is offering the 500 Sessantesimo in three flavors. Two gasoline engines are available: a 0.9-liter engine with 68 horsepower and a 1.8-liter engine with 84-hp, along with a 95-hp 1.3-liter diesel. Sadly, Fiat doesn't' seem to be planning any birthday celebrations for the 500 in the US, as it has so far only confirmed plans to sell the Sessantesimo in Europe on March 8, with deliveries commencing July 4.

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