Fiat 600 Review & Ratings
- 27 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Fiat 600 was quite the popular car back in its day. This vehicle was first manufactured in 1955 until 1969. When the Fiat 600 was first made, it came with a 633cc 4-cylinder engine with a water cooling system, which was a vast improvement on the 500 model which had a 479cc engine without water cooling. Sales with the Fiat 600 were incredibly high in the 1960s in the U.K., but it enjoyed even more popularity in other countries around the world, including Argentina. At the time this car cost 590,000 lire and got the credit for being the very first rear engine Fiat. The four drum brakes this car had as well as its innovative suspension design and independent coil over shock absorbers are just a few of the reasons why it was such a top seller in its time.
There were a number of things that made the Fiat 600 a fast-selling and popular car in the 1960s in places around the world, including its hydraulic drum brakes on every wheel as well as the suspension which was a single double-mounted leafspring, providing stabilization which made it a very smooth ride. The Fiat 600D was released onto the market in 1970 and had an extremely powerful 767cc engine with a top speed of 68mph, which was fairly fast at the time. When this car was first introduced at the Geneva motor show in 1955, it was definitely a point of interest for everyone who came.
It wasn’t long after the Fiat went on display at auto shows that it became a top seller and an extremely popular vehicle of choice for people in countries all over the world. At the time there were numerous cars on the market with a similar design, such as the Seat 600 which was nearly identical except for the fact that it was made in Spain for its native citizens.
Despite competition from other automakers, this vehicle became incredibly popular and blew away any competitor on numerous levels. Eventually the Fiat 600s were turned into Fiat Abarth 750s, which featured a 767cc engine with high compression pistons as well as a new crankshaft and a lighter flywheel. The radiator on this new Fiat had a larger capacity radiator which helped quite a bit in the cooling process, which was just one of its many selling points.
The fuel economy for the Fiat 600 was 49mpg, which even by today’s standards is excellent. This car had a four-speed manual transmission and there were a total of 891,107 of them made in places around the world. A year after the initial production run of this vehicle, consumers could select the option of a full-length canvas sunroof, which was definitely considered an added luxury. Despite the fact that this car had its minor flaws, it still reached a level of popularity that not many vehicles even today have experienced, especially in such a short period of time.
The concept for the Fiat 600 started in 1951 and when it first came out it replaced the Fiat 500C or the Fiat Topolino and was designed to fit a total of 4 adults. Production costs for this car were cut but it was still built with quality parts and in a very short period of time to meet the demand of the public. This car had a rear engine with back wheel drive, which was a decision made because of the limited interior space of the vehicle. While production of this car may have stopped a long time ago, it still remains as one of the most classic cars in the world.