One of the things that Fiat fans like about the company's iconic 500 model is its retro style. The lines and silhouette of today's version hearken back to the 500's debut nearly 60 years ago in 1957.
But for some shoppers, that's not enough. Some want the retro writ large. For them, Fiat offers the 1957 Edition of the 500. The 1957 Edition debuted as a hatchback last year, and as of today, it's available with a drop-top, too.
Like its hardtopped sibling, the convertible 1957 Edition is based on the Fiat 500 Lounge. The car's retro feel comes from cosmetic touches -- most notably, classic pastel paint options like Verde Chiaro (light green) and Celeste (celestial blue), as well as Bianco (white). The 1957 Edition's 16-inch wheels are old-school, too, with wide chromed lips, accents to match the body paint, and center caps emblazoned with the vintage Fiat logo. You'll find that logo on the front and rear of the car, too.
The retro vibe continues on the inside, with Marrone (brown) leather seats, an Avorio (ivory) interior environment, and Grigio (grey) door panels. The steering wheel -- wrapped in Marronne leather -- features the same retro logo found on the exterior.
While the look may be pure 1957, performance and creature comforts are all 2015. The 1957 Edition comes with Fiat's 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and earns 31 mpg city / 40 mpg highway. The base model comes with a five-speed manual transmission, though buyers can upgrade to a six-speed automatic. For fun on long stretches, you can switch the car to "Sport" mode, which amps up the throttle. Both versions of the 1957 Edition come standard with sport-tuned suspension and all-season performance tires.
And whether you want to immerse yourself in 1957 nostalgia or crank up the banging 2015 tunes, you can do so with a six-speaker, 276-watt audio system, complete with SiriusXM Radio.
The 2015 Fiat 500c 1957 Edition cabriolet starts at $24,700, which is $1,900 more than the Lounge model upon which it's based. Fiat dealers are taking orders for the 1957 Edition now, with delivery slated for later this spring.