In Italian, ‘topolino’ means ‘little mouse’ as well as ‘Mickey Mouse’. No matter which one you choose, both names are very appropriate for the small Fiat 500, which was introduced in 1936. It turned out to be a success: more than half a million were made until 1955.
This car is a Type C, the 1949 third model upgrade that involved a complete restyling of the front end compared to earlier models, the C featuring integrated headlights and a horizontal grille. The 500 C model range included a saloon, a convertible saloon, an estate car (Giardiniera, renamed Belvedere in 1952) and a light van called the Furgoncino. The Furgoncino’s top speed was 85km/h and fuel con- sumption 6 litres to 100km when not loaded. Its load capacity was 300kg (excluding the driver, as stated in the brochure). The real luxury was the interior heating, which came as standard for all models, in- cluding the van.
This 1952 Fiat 500 C Furgoncino has only driven 64,000 kilometres and has been body-off restored in a workshop in Campobasso, Italy.