When Tim and Richard, two car buffs with a flair for the extraordinary, took on the challenge of electrifying a vintage 1950s Fiat 500D, they weren’t just tinkering with an old car; they were reinventing city driving. Their project turns heads and stirs a sense of nostalgia, but the car’s new electric heart gets people talking.
After the customization, Richard gives a peek under the Fiat’s hood, where you’d expect to find a greasy engine. Still, there’s a neat set-up of batteries and some smart engineering. They’ve fitted a chunk of the battery in the front, right next to the spare wheel, cleverly freeing up more room for your groceries or gym bag. It’s a nifty twist, especially since the old petrol tank is removed.
There’s a power pack and a cool, calm electric motor around the back, where the Fiat once hummed with a modest engine. It’s this simplicity that strikes a chord. In an age where cars are bristling with gadgets and gizmos, this Fiat 500 keeps it refreshingly straightforward.
Step inside, and you’re welcomed by a dash of nostalgia: red carpets, plush leather seats, and a dashboard that epitomizes minimalism. Just a few buttons, nothing more. It’s a breeze to figure out, even if you’re not a car geek. While showing off these interiors, Richard makes a point about modern cars – sometimes, less really is more.
Now, let’s talk about driving this little gem through the city. It’s small, sure, but it packs a punch in how it handles the hustle and bustle. Twisting through narrow lanes and sneaking into tight parking spots is a walk in the park for this Fiat. Richard’s a big fan of its left-hand drive, perfect for city streets where hopping onto the pavement is a regular affair.