Westrand Car Show - 1957 Fiat 500

Fiat 500 (1957 to 1975)

In 1955 Fiat replaced the Fiat Topolino with it’s first rear engined car – The Fiat 600. Two years later Fiat launched the Fiat 500 which was a little smaller than the 600 and looked more like a worthy replacement of the Topolino.

This Fiat 500 was known as the Nuova 500 and was in production until 1961. The Nuova 500 featured a 479 cc two-cylinder engine producing just 13 hp. This model also featured a fabric roof, which could be folded to the rear of the vehicle, like that of the Citroën 2CV. The Nuova 500 was one of three models featuring “suicide doors.” 181,036 units of the Nuova 500 were produced from 1957 to 1960

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In mid-1958 Fiat introduced the Nuova 500 Sport, featuring a more powerful engine and a two-tone colour scheme – white with a red stripe along the flanks. Unique to the Sport was an all-metal rigid roof with three longitudinal grooves. A short-open-roof model was added a year later, in 1959. The engine had been increased to 499.5 cc from the original 479 cc, giving it a very respectable hp of 21.2. Top speed was over 105 km/h

The 500 Giardiniera version of the Fiat 500 was the longest running model. The Giardiniera also featured “suicide doors” and was the only model to continue to use this door type into the 1970s. In 1966 production of the Giardiniera was moved to Fiat subsidiary Autobianchi. 327,000 Giardinieras were produced under the Fiat and Autobianchi brands.

The 500 Nuova was replaced in 1960 by the 500 D which looked very similar to the Nuova. It made use of the 499 cc engine which was used until the end of 1973. In standard form the folding roof of the 500 D did not retract as far as the 500 Nuova. The D also featured “suicide doors”. A panel van variant of the Giardiniera Estate was offered as the Furgoncino.

Fiat 500F or 500 Berlina
Between 1965 and 1969 a new model, the 500 F, was introduced. It carried the same badging as the 500 D, but the two models are distinguishable by the positioning of their door hinges. The D has “suicide doors” while the F, produced from June 1965 featured front-hinged doors.

 Fiat 500 L or 500 Lusso
Then between 1969 and 1972 the F was sold alongside the newly introduced 500 Lusso model as a cheaper entry level alternative. The 500 F and 500 L are mechanically the same but the new chrome bumpers and nudge bar on the L was the external difference, together with new Fiat badging. Additional Chrome trim improved the looks of the Lusso. The interior of the 500 F was almost identical to that of the original 500 Nuova while the 500 L or Lusso was much more modern. The Lusso had an anti-glare dashboard, better fabrics on seats and doors, more storage space and a new instrument panel. Finally, the 500L was fitted with radial tyres instead of the outdated cross-ply tyres.

500 R or Rinnovata (1971—1976)
The last variation of the Fiat 500 was the 500 R. It was a stop-gap model for Fiat prior to the launch of the Fiat 126, and when the new 126 was launched, sales of the old Fiat 500 R plummeted. It was sold alongside the Fiat 126 for another two years, probably to use up excess bodies and other components. The last Fiat 500 rolled off the production line in 1976.

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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.

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Featured Image – 1957 Fiat 500 Nuova – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England [ CC BY 2.0]
1958 Fiat 500 Nuova Sportantoniocassella.it
1963 Fiat 500 D – Thesupermat [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1960 – 1975 Fiat 500 Giardiniera – Rudolf Stricker [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1968 Fiat 500 Furgoncino – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1966 Fiat 500 F – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Fiat 500 R – AlfvanBeem [CC0][Public Domain]

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