Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, and even into today, you’d be hard-pressed to go anywhere in Europe and not see the Fiat 500. The rear-engined, four-seat car was built to be inexpensive and practical. The car was small and came as either a two-door saloon or a two-door station wagon. Measuring just under 3 meters in length, the Fiat 500 was powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine. It’s nearly ubiquitous nature has bought it a place in history, and now you can commemorate that history thanks to LEGO. The brick-building company has a new entry in its Creator Expert series, and this new model perfectly reproduces the Fiat 500F.
The set consists of 960 pieces and includes such details as a working convertible top and a decorative luggage rack that comes with a suitcase covered in travel stickers. The model’s doors, hood, and tailgate all open to reveal the detailed interiors. The rear tailgate opens to reveal a replica of the 500’s engine, while in the trunk in the front you’ll find a gas tank and a spare tire. The car is done in the classic yellow, and even includes the tire caps and a license plate. LEGO upped their game even more for this model, producing the instructions in style with the real Fiat 500’s original promotional materials. The kit also comes with a painting of the car in front of the Colosseum in Rome.
“Throughout its illustrious history, the Fiat 500 has surpassed its original material manifestation to take its place in the collective unconscious, becoming an international icon. This is also demonstrated by its recent exposure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York,” says Cristiano Fiorio, the head of brand marketing communication, FCA EMEA Region. “We know well that LEGO chooses only iconic products, and we know that the Fiat 500 is not only a car but an artistic and cultural phenomenon with strong symbolic value, as well as a joyous and colourful expression of the Italian spirit around the world.” The set is currently available and is priced at $89.99.