Fiat 600

Well, one thing is for sure, there are not any automobiles currently being offered today that come anywhere near resembling the Fiat 600. The vehicle is a city car produced by the Italian automaker Fiat from 1955 to 1969. Coming in at only 3.22 m long, it was the first rear-engined Fiat and it cost the equivalent of about $ 7300 in today's terms. The shear number of Fiat 600s produced is remarkable. Between 1955 and 1969 the Mirafiori plant shelled out 2,604,000 of these tiny babies. During the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s, the car became very popular in countries such as Argentina. This was not exactly a fast car, but it got the job done. The top speed ranged from 95 km/h empty with the 633 cc engine to 110 km/h with the 767 cc version. The car was praised for having ventilation and defrosting systems that were superior to the competition. A year after its debut, in 1956, a soft-top version was introduced, as well as a six-seater variant. This version, known as the Fiat 600 Multipla, was a pioneer of the current multi-purpose vehicles. In the USSR a similar car was manufactured known as the Zaporozhets ZAZ-965. Production began in 1960 and continued until 1963. There have been many speculations that design was copied from the Fiat 600, but ZAZ factory representatives say the car was an exclusively Soviet design, created by Soviet ZAZ engineers jointly with colleagues from Moscow's NAMI. Continuing the confusion, in Spain, the 600 model was made under Seat from 1957 to 1973. Adding to the number of Fiat 600s, were up to 797,319 Seat 600s. The Spanish exported them to nearly everywhere, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Reunion Island, Lebanon, Senegal, Somalia and Zaire.