The tiny Fiat 500 was known to the locals as “Topolino”, which when translated into English is “little mouse”. The Italians, however, call Mickey Mouse “Topolino”, and the design of the grille and headlamps gives this effect.
The radiator of this 600 cc engine sits behind the engine giving the Italian designers the opportunity to break away from the more upright noses of the cars of the time.
The change from the 1939 models to the 1949 range is clearly visible with the headlamps built into the mudguards. The grille, bonnet and mudguards are also all modified.
The Topolino was even marketed as a panel van and the changes in design are even more apparent in these variants.
An interesting development was the creation of a “woody” called Giardinetta but that model was quickly replaced with a steel panelled version. The Woody looks better, don’t you think?
And if you ever wondered if a small car like this could end up being a street custom have a look at Topolino 500 Hot Rod
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
1936 Fiat 500 Topolino dave_7 [CC BY 2.0
1939 Fiat 500 Convertible Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
Fiat Topolino 500 B nakhon100 [CC BY 2.0
1949 Fiat 500 C Topolino Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England [CC BY 2.0
Fiat 500 C Topolino panel van No machine-readable author provided. Luc106 assumed
Fiat 500 C Topolino Giardinietta Printy4927 [CC BY-SA 4.0
Fiat 500 C Topolino Belvedere Alf van Beem [CC0]