From the famous Topolino of the 30s, to the modern Seicento, here's the full and eventful story of the baby Fiats, with particular emphasis on the now classic 600 and Nuova 500 of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Always big on character, Fiat's little cars played an important international role in providing affordable and practical private transport for millions. Built in, and exported to many countries outside the marque's native Italy, over 6.5 million Topolinos, 600s and Nuova 500s were sold and an amazing number survive today. Read, too, about wonderful models built on these tiny chassis by Italy's leading coachbuilders, licensed models from other manufacturers and the motorsport success achieved by Abarth versions of the small cars everyone loves.Completely updated & enlarged second edition of a popular Veloce classic.Now with detailed coverage of the popular Seicento, 192 art paper pages and over 200 pictures, many in color. CONTENTS:After Zero - Design & Development - Challenge from Italy - Evolution & Beyond - Color Gallery - A New Topolino - Small is Beautiful - The Variants - The End of an Era - Living with a Baby Fiat - Directory of Clubs, Suppliers & Specialists - Production Figures - Specifications - Bibliography - Index
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About the Author
Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than thirty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have been published as foreign language editions. As a regular contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photography have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians and Society of Authors, Malcolm is acclaimed for his books on Rolls-Royce and Bentley, which include a companion volume on the Silver Spirit and Bentley Mulsanne as well as an Essential Buyer's Guide to the Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley, both of which are published by Veloce. Other Rolls-Royce and Bentley related titles include histories of the Crewe and Derby factories and a biography of W.O. Bentley.
Married to Jean and living on the northern edge of England's Lake District, Malcolm has an interest in all forms of transport. He also enjoys activities as diverse as public speaking, fell walking, classical music, collecting motoring ephemera and getting behind the wheel of his early British-built Citroen DS.