1951 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 was first introduced in 1936 and offered adequate interior space by having its 596cc four-cylinder engine in front of the front wheels' centerline. With its jutting prow, rounded fenders and raised headlights, it was given the nickname Topolino, the Italian Mickey Mouse.

For 1948, the engine was modified with overhead valves and power grew by 3.5 horsepower in the 500B. Two years later, it was succeeded by a thoroughly revised 500C. The car would be the mainstay for Fiat production for the next six years.

The 500C had a re-designed nose and a more modern horizontal air intake system. The headlights were recessed into the front fenders. Other changes were made to the bumpers, dual taillights and a lighted center registration plate. A new integrated heating system was a first for the small but functional 500. It used heated air from behind the radiator and was fed through defroster/defogger outlets below the windshield.

The suspension was comprised of wishbones, a transverse leaf spring and telescopic shocks and a live rear axle suspended by semi-elliptic leaf springs, telescopic shocks and an anti-roll bar.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

Vehicle Profiles

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Giardiniera Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 500C-268428
Engine Num: 500B-272903

The Giardiniera model, meaning 'gardener' was a compact station wagon built by Fiat's in-house Carrozzerie Speciali operation. Some had real wood on the exterior while others simply had stamped metal panels that could be painted in contrasting colors....[continue reading]

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Sedan

Chassis Num: 297013
Engine Num: 497132

This 1951 Fiat Topolino has a 570-cc four-cylinder engine capable of producing 16.5 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It has traveled about 40,000 miles since new and has since undergone a driver's rest....[continue reading]

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Sedan

Chassis Num: 357015

This Topolino was given a restoration in Italy in 1995. It was initially exported to Saudi Arabia, then brought to the U.S. in 2002, where it was stored but used sparingly until 2009 when it was re-commissioned with a new head gasket, valve job and m....[continue reading]

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Giardiniera Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 249815
Engine Num: 518529

The Fiat 500A made its debut in 1936, quickly becoming Italy's most popular car. The 500B followed in 1948 and brought with it a wood-sided wagon called the Giardiniera, meaning 'gardener.' The 500C was released in 1949 and had a refreshed design. Th....[continue reading]

Giardiniera Station Wagon
Chassis #: 500C-268428 
Sedan
Chassis #: 297013 
Sedan
Chassis #: 357015 
Giardiniera Station Wagon
Chassis #: 249815 

History

The Fiat Topolino was produced from 1937 through 1955 with nearly 520,000 constructed. The name 'Topolino' was chosen in honor of Mickey Mouse - the name 'Topolino' means 'little mouse.'

The Fiat Company, Fabbrica italiana Automobili Torio, began in 1899 and formed by Giovanni Agnelli. Very early on, the company merged with Ceirano, a bicycle-maker who had switched to auto production. The first Fiat automobile was built by designer Aristide Faccioli and powered by a horizontal twin-cylinder engine that produced 3 horsepower. The company continued with modest success throughout the years. By the 1930s, the prosperity of the company had increased and entered into a whole new realm of popularity. A contest was arranged by Chairman Agnelli who challenged all to create a design for a new small car that could be a suitable rival for the Porsche 'People's Car.' Oreste Lardone, Fiat's chief designer, produced an example that was powered by an air-cooled engine. On its first test drive, the vehicle caught on fire. Agnelli had been onboard during the fire and upon exiting from the car, dismissed Lardone. Dante Giacosa was given the position and produced designs for what would become known as the Fiat 500.

There were three models produced during its production lifespan. All brought with them minor mechanical and cosmetic improvements over their predecessor. In 1955 the Fiat 500 was replaced by the rear-wheel drive Fiat 600 and became the basis for the next generation of the Fiat 500, the 500 Nuova.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007

1951 Fiat Models

Concepts by Fiat

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Fiat Monthly Sales Volume

January 2019
751
December 2018
977
November 2018
1,309
October 2018
1,151
September 2018
1,185
August 2018
1,374
July 2018
1,240
June 2018
1,426
May 2018
1,441
April 2018
1,404
March 2018
1,544
February 2018
1,241
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