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Fiat 600/Seicento Multipla (1960’s)

November 1st, 2007 by Rolph · 6 Comments

Now with cars like these parked in my neighborhood, I have no problems moving! Will you look at this car! Isn’t this a brilliant people mover?! Confound Fiat to hell for reusing the Multipla name on one of the most agonizing eye-sores ever designed by the car manufacturing industry, the modern Fiat Multipla! Will you look at this car… A six-person Fiat Seicento, how cool is this?! And don’t forget the reverse suicide doors, have you seen anything like it?

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I would buy a car like this, just to have it. I would park it in the garden, have drinks in the back, I don’t know. I am soo fond of cars like this, it is probably my feminine side 😉 It probably has a top speed of 70 km/h (downhill), it will rust and it will rattle. I don’t care. Somebody, please make me a wealthy man, and I will start to collect cars like this just for fun, and everybody is invited to come and drive them 🙂

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In the years that followed World War II, it became obvious to Fiat management that the future lay in a small car, cheap to manufacture and cheap to buy. Chief technical designer Dante Giacosa set about finding a replacement for the 500 Topolino: Project “100”. Much development and testing resulted in a shape enclosing four people with a minimum of sheet metal, powered by a simple, reliable four-cylinder engine mounted at the rear for cost reasons. The resulting Fiat 600 was one of the great success stories of the twentieth century, with some 2.7 million cars produced.

The mixed-use station wagon, called 600 Multipla (All Service), was introduced a year later, in 1956. The idea was to multiply the serviceability of the 600 for both family motoring and business use. The multi-place seating was very flexible through a combination of folding seats.

Three versions were available:

  • The 4/5 seater had bench seats front and rear that folded to make a bed.
  • The 6-seater had a front bench and four individual seats that folded completely flat into the floor to make a roomy load platform.
  • The Taxi version had a single seat and luggage platform in front, separate folding seats in the middle, and a bench seat in back, together with a division.
  • Differences from the sedan included, besides the bodywork, an auxiliary radiator up front, wishbone front suspension, different gear ratios, worm and roller steering, slightly larger fuel tank, and interior lamps.

    And for some nice retro pictures and commercial drawings: click here

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    6 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Charles Witte // Nov 2, 2007 at 0:22

      What a beauty! Fit it with a newer beetle engine, and you will be having a top holiday mini camper

      Remember these little buggers as Italian taxis btw, very funny

    • 2 jurr // Nov 7, 2007 at 23:56

      i always liked this car. to bad the nieuw multipla exist. the name is crappy now.

    • 3 Lindsey // Nov 16, 2007 at 0:26

      awwww what a cutie! what an adorable little sweetheart!

    • 4 celia // Dec 2, 2007 at 23:17

      Oh wow this is hilarious! Get me one of these as well!!! Hotrod, smotrod, I wanna go to meetings in this!!!

    • 5 Emilie Armstrong // Mar 10, 2010 at 4:25

      I am 16 and really want one? Bargain?

    • 6 Joop // Mar 29, 2011 at 10:06

      Ik heb er een gehad en met vrouw en 3 kinderen veel plezier mee gehad. Erg praktisch en makkelijk.

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