Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How 'bout a 50 MPG car to fun around in?

Here's an alternative to your Suburban. A Fiat 500.  500 cc 2 cylinder engine, ranging from 13 hp to over 23 depending on the model and the year. They were made from 1957 to 1975.  Top speed, if you have the patience, 62, 63, 64, 65, maybe more.  Depends on which way the wind is blowing.

Amazing how much you can carry.  (this one is an Autobianchi Bianchini Giardinera Fiat 500.  Very, very rare. Sorry, I sold it)

Here's another one.  Kathryn used to drive it to work.  It makes a Mini look huge.  And a Suburban, superfluous. Here's another one on eBay for sale. Prices have gone up a lot in the last 5 years. But then, so has the price of gas.

Such a lovely, happy little car.  We owned several, one after the other.  They're cheap on eBay, parts are easy to find, a hoot to drive and surprisingly comfortable.  At a steady 55 MPH they are  just as fast as a Ferrari. Despite the Fix-It-Again-Tony reputation, they are very reliable if you maintain them.  Most are treated badly.  So you might look for a recently restored one.  Italians called the original pre-WW ll Fiat 500, Topolino (little mouse) and the name stuck.

One drawback, though; the gas tank is, like, in your lap. Never mind, there's a Fiat 500 museum in Japan.

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