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Any resemblance between this 1967 Fiat 500 and the current model is not purely coincidental. Riding a wave of nostalgia, Fiat reintroduced a somewhat larger 500 in 2007, using design cues from, but being the polar opposite of, the original Italian “people’s car.” If you notice the Dodge Caravan parked next to this yellow 500, you can see how small it really was — just about three meters (almost ten feet) long, with a rear-mounted air-cooled engine. It was also available in an estate version, called the Giardiniera. One of my favorite Fiat 500 facts comes to you via Wikipedia, which provides this nifty pronunciation guide for the 500’s Italian nickname (which is Cinquecento): okay everyone. all together now, say “tʃiŋkweˈtʃɛnto.” Hah! This yellow 500 was seen a few months back in the parking lot of a Kenmore import repair garage.

1955 500 Giardiniera

1955 500 Giardiniera

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know