The original Fiat 500 was launched 60 years ago and heralded a new age of mobility for countless citizens of post-War Italy. For its manufacturer, it meant its first major commercial success.
Yesterday, exactly 60 years after the original’s launch, the Cinquecento was officially recognized as a work of modern art by the curators at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The MoMA has added a 1968 Fiat 500 F “Berlina” to its collection. This model, the most prolific of original Cinquecentos, was produced between 1965 and 1972 and appears in flat beige, with solid wheels and a fabric roof panel.
This modern art acquired by the Manhattan museum has been added to the growing but selective automotive collection that already includes a 1946 Cisitalia 202 GT, 1952 Willys-Overland Jeep, 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, 1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, 1990 Ferrari 641/2 grand prix racer, and a 1998 Smart car.