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Fiat 500 1957 edition goes topless

by Justin King

The new 500c variant brings the same vintage design elements as the standard Vintage \'57, but with a drop top for the spring and summer driving season.

Fiat has introduced a drop-top version of its Vintage '57 500, known as the 500c 1957 Edition, to further commemorate the nameplate's birth nearly 60 years ago.

The new limited-edition model brings all of the same vintage-themed features, including 16-inch retro chrome wheels, 'throwback' Fiat badges, and an ivory interior with contrasting brown leather seats.

The convertible package adds a power-operated dual-layer cloth top, which can be stowed or deployed at the push of a button. Drivers can even retract the top up to the rear spoiler at speeds up to 60 mph, with full operation up to 50 mph.

The convertible is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine, good for 101 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque, with a choice between five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. It delivers an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Other standard features include a 276-watt premium audio system, a leather-wrapped two-tone steering wheel and sport-tuned suspension. Pastel exterior colors also maintain the vintage theme, with options for light green or 'celestial' blue.

The 500c 1957 Edition will sell for $24,700 in the US, fetching a $1,900 premium over the base 500c Lounge package. The company is now taking orders, with delivery expected later this spring.

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