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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

Related Reading : Fiat Topolino 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....
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1951 Vehicle Profiles

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Chassis Num: 297013
Engine Num: 497132

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Chassis Num: 357015

1951 Fiat 500 vehicle information

Chassis Num: 249815
Engine Num: 518529

Performance and Specification Comparison

Topolino

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 13.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 17.00hp
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 13.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 13.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 16.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 16.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 17.00hp
78.75 in.
4 cyl., 34.78 CID., 17.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Fiat
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)261,956
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)217,937
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)13
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)46
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)46
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)46
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)

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