Fiat 500 Giardiniera
Stunning example of a Fiat 500 Giardiniera, finished in White with Black leather trim with Autobianchi badging.
The Fiat 500 was produced from 1957-1975 and is one of the most important and recognisable cars ever made due to being the first true 'city-car.'
The 500K or Giardiniera is the estate version of the Cinquecento and was the longest running model, produced from 1960-1975. The Giardiniera featured the standard 499cc engine, laid on its side to create a flat loading space in the rear. The retractable roof on the Giardiniera was also extended to open above the rear passengers, as opposed to the smaller opening on 'standard' 500s at the time.
The 500K also featured the rear-hinged 'suicide doors,' the last model in the range to continue with this configuration into the 1970s.
In 1966, production of the Giardiniera was moved Desio, now built by subsidiary Autobianchi. This explains why later models, such as the beautiful White with Black example presented, were badged as Autobianchis (not Fiats), although the car generally remained the same.
This is a beautifully restored example an iconic Fiat 500, a piece of automotive history.