TidBits 051: FIAT 500: a myth even if made in cardboard!

Symbol of the Italian economic boom, the Fiat 500 is without a doubt among the most famous cars of this past century.

The events and circumstances tied to its creation date back to the 1930s when the need "to motorize" Italians arose by offering them a utility car that did not cost more than 5,000 lire. Fiat, however, took on thechallenge with little enthusiasm and a series of failed trials and various unsuccessful prototypes, no impetus,lack of ideas and few concrete results. Only in 1936 was the first FIAT 500 (defined 500 type A) put on sale,and the market began to call it "Topolino" (Mickey Mouse). Then came the second and third versions (B and C), produced until 1949 when a restyling was introduced with modifications to the motor and the car body.

Also the family version was produced: Giardiniera, Belvedere and Furgoncino. In the 1950s, the Nuova 500 was introduced, maybe the most famous and most renowned, and just a few years ago, its trendy, cool and more modern sister-car!

The modifications made in the course of the years make the 500 one of the most revisited cars in history, andnot only by the manufacturer!

Chris Gilmor, English artist living in Udine, works with cardboard, classic cardboard: he molds it, transforms it toexalt its expressive potential - often unexpected - creating veritable "animated cartons”. He creates such realistic structures that leave one speechless and succeeds in perfectly representing our world of yesterday and today:a bicycle, a wheel chair, a grandfather clock, globes, cranes, the Aston Martin and the Fiat 500.

An original, very special re-visitation for a cult object that has become part of the ranks and myths that mark epochs and generations.

  • The model FIAT 500C Belvedere.
  • The model FIAT 500C Topolino.
  • FIAT 500 in comparison.
  • The very detailed cardboard FIAT 500 created by Chris Gilmor.
  • The very detailed cardboard FIAT 500 created by Chris Gilmor.
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