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Fiat 500 Model History

Confused by the 500 model variations? This guide aims to help with identifying which is which.

500N Nuova

1957-1960

Fiat 500N Fiat 500N

500 Sport

1958-1960

Fiat Sport

500D

1960-1965

Fiat 500D Fiat 500D

500K Giardiniera

1960-1975

Fiat 500K

500F

1965-1972

Fiat 500F

500L Lusso

1968-1972

Fiat 500L Fiat 500L

500R Rinnovata

1972-1975

Fiat 500R Fiat 500R

Abarth Models

All Abarth conversions produced at their Turin factory were left hand drive and based on the 500D and F models. In the UK, Radbourne Racing of Wimbledon were the official Abarth agent. They converted right hand drive cars using genuine Abarth parts so can be considered to be genuine Abarth cars. They converted around 200 cars between 1965 and 1971 when they switched to using Nardi parts.

Parts were available both to convert existing cars, and to upgrade Abarth models, with the result that very few surviving cars are to the same specification.

595

1963

Fiat 500 Abarth

The appearance was little changed – a Scorpion badge at the front, the engine cover handle replaced by rubber catches and an Abarth logo where the handle would previously have been.

595 SS

1963

Similar to the 595 but with:

695

1964

Similar to the 595 SS but with:

695 SS

1964

Similar to the 595 SS but with:

695 SS Assetto Corsa (Race Equipment)

1965

Similar to the 695 SS but with:

 

Original publicity images used with the kind permission of Fiat