Crazed Abarth versions aside, the Fiat 500 isn’t a car we usually get excited about. But how good does this version look?
It’s the work of Garage Italia and Pininfarina, and it pays tribute to the beach buggy-like 500 Jolly or ‘Spiaggina’, which came out 60 years ago.
The ‘Spiaggina by Garage Italia’ - as should be rather clear - is missing its roof. What’s more, it’s missing its rear seats too, replaced by a slatted wooden deck with its own built-in shower. No, we’re not joking.
Other neat details include a lowered windscreen, a front bench seat and white/chrome wheels. To make sure it’s not a floppy mess the moment it sees even the hint of a corner, Pininfarina pitched in to aid Garage Italia in strengthening the car underneath, and develop the rollover hoop.
The best part? While the car you see here is a one-off showpiece, Garage Italia will actually be offering elements of it to paying customers.
We can’t see that being particularly cheap, but Fiat itself has created the slightly less extreme Spiaggina ’58, limited to 1958 units (see what they did there?). It’s finished in exclusive ‘Volare Blue’ paint, and also awash with cool white and chrome details. The ivory folding roof is a nice touch, too.
On the inside, you’ll find more Volare Blue, two-tone seats and an old-school Fiat badge on the steering wheel. It’s not all old-fashioned though, as it’s fitted with FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, climate control and rear parking sensors as standard.