Lately we have seen several photos with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in the famous Italian micro car the beautiful FIAT 500.
But let’s do a little history.
In July 1957 the FIAT (Italian Automobile Factory Turin) presented the 500, a very small utility vehicle with a two-cylinder engine and a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour.
The new car featured rounded lines, a 479 cc engine with 13 horsepower, a length of 2.97 meters, a sunroof in waterproof fabric, two front seats and a small bench behind. The price was 490,000 lire equal to approximately 13 salaries of an Italian worker of those times.
Over 4 million specimens were sold. It was the first car for hundreds of thousands of motorists. Of course, there was no shortage of special and sporty versions.
The production of this car ended in 1975.
At that time, the 500 car, for the Italians, represented having reached full autonomy, it was the dream after the house.
For this reason, even today, it is completely “venerated”, looked at with respect, remembered with affection by everyone, very small, but of great value, so much so that in recent years a larger version has come out that respects its forms .
These are the reasons why the 500 it is often used in images, because however it was a “status symbol” that made the history of Italy.
And here is why it is a pride to take a photo with the 500, because it expresses the “made in Italy”, as well as IL VOLO……. two Italian prides.
This is the reason why Piero, to sponsor the tour of his beautiful NARO, has chosen to be immortalized aboard a 500, which is also very suitable for traveling the narrow streets of Naro.
And here, Piero and his friend Dario, in front of Chiaramonte Castle of Naro, wants everyone to return to beautiful Sicily soon.
Reposted from @soulsicilytravel – After this sad period, we can restart visiting our lovely Sicily. We hope to see you soon!! ❤️ ☀️
Here’s Piero driving the 500.
It is really a very small car, at that time it seemed completely normal, but to look at it now it is really very, very small.
Instead in this advertising spot, IL VOLO presents the new version of the 500. The shapes are the same, but certainly wider.
This was a commercial made to sensitize young people, so that they do not drive with the stereo at high volume (as often happens), because it could divert attention. To demonstrate this Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca take turns in the parking lots, with the other two singing loudly and the results are evident !!
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Piero exults! The parking lot race is won by him!
I = (towards Gian who is disappointed) But why, did you think you had won?
G = No …… but …..
I = To you, the car has turned off 500 times.
G = But why are you going against me, celebrate for him (Piero)
I = Why he (Piero) is to be ignored!
P = I greet the small car (and he kisses the car).
I = And anyway there’s something rigged here, and it’s not good (he jokes because he wanted to win the race).
G = I am the best!
Even at the announcement of the concerts for the ten-year career, Il Volo made a video with the 500.
Gianluca says: “For us it is a year of great celebrations, we are celebrating our 10 year career. We try to bear the name of Italy, with our music and our voices, as does the 500, it bears the name of the Italy in the world.”
I want to finish this post with a really funny video that gives a very important message and of course, it was made with the use of the little 500.
I will summarize the meaning.
We are in a Sicilian country, immediately after the end of the Covid pandemic.
Finally you can go out of the home, with the protections (masks). But resuming the normal course of life is not easy, (here represented by the car that cannot start), there is difficulty, people have not worked, there is no money.
So the sense is that if we all give help (people who help push the car), with difficulty, but the road (even that of life) is traveled.
In addition, the video enhances the beauty of the Sicilian land and what it offers, the song says to help and buy Sicilian products …. “instead of emigrating, we hoe our wheat, because the bread is bitter, if it is not Sicilian” ….. bitter bread is understood that if you are abroad you eat bitter bread, because you think of your distant land.
Really nice video and with a very important message, in which the 500 car did its important part !!
One last thought.
When I met my husband, he had a Fiat 500 car.
Good memories …. many years ago !!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.