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Fiat 600

"600" can also refer to the later Fiat Seicento.
Fiat 600
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1955-1969
Assembly Turin, Italy
Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bogotá, Colombia (as the Zastava 750)
Barcelona (Zona Franca), Spain
Kragujevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia (as the Zastava 750).
Predecessor Fiat 500 "Topolino"
Successor Fiat 850
Class City car
Body style 2-door sedan
Layout RR layout
Engine 633 cc straight-4 OHV, 21 hp
767 cc straight-4 OHV, 29 hp
Length 3,215 mm (126.6 in)
Width 1,380 mm (54 in)
Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Curb weight 585 kg (1,290 lb)
Related SEAT 600
Zastava 750
Designer Dante Giacosa
  Steyr Fiat 600

The Fiat 600 (Italian: Seicento, pronounced say-chento) is a city car produced by the Italian automaker Fiat from 1955 to 1969. Measuring only 3.22 m (126 in) long, it was the first rear-engined Fiat and cost the equivalent of about € 6,700 or US$ 7300 in today's money (590,000 lire then). The total number produced from 1955 to 1969 at the Mirafiori plant was 2,695,197[1] . During 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the car became very popular in countries such as Spain (as SEAT 600), where it became the icon, par excellence, of the Spanish miracle, Argentina, where it was nicknamed Fitito (a diminutive of Fiat) and former Yugoslavia where it was nicknamed Fićo (pronounced [fee-cho]).



The car had hydraulic drum brakes on all four wheels. Suspension was a unique single double-mounted leafspring - which acts as a stabilizer - between the front wheels coupled to gas-charged shock absorbers, and an independent coil-over-shock absorber setup coupled to semi-trailing arms at the rear. All 600 models had 3-synchro (no synchro on 1st) 4-speed transaxles. Unlike the Volkswagen Beetle or Fiat 500, the Fiat 600 is water-cooled with an ample cabin heater and, while cooling is generally adequate, for high-power modified versions a front-mounted radiator or oil cooler is needed to complement the rear-mounted radiator. All models of the 600 had generators with mechanical external regulators.

The top speed ranged from 95 km/h (59 mph) empty with the 633 cc inline-four engine to 110 km/h (68 mph) with the 767 cc version. The car had good ventilation and defrosting systems.

A year after its debut, in 1956, a soft-top version was introduced, as well as a six-seater variant — the Fiat 600 Multipla. It was a precursor of current multi-purpose vehicles.

Retrospectively the water-cooled Fiat 600 is sometimes over-shadowed by the air-cooled Fiat 500, but the 600 was a remarkably fast seller in its time: the millionth 600 was produced in February 1961, less than six years after the car's launch.[2] At the time when the millionth car was produced, the manufacturer reported it was producing the car at the then remarkable rate of 1,000 a day.[2] In total approximately 2,500,000 Fiat 600s were produced.[3] As of 2011 there are only 65 left in the UK that are road legal.[4]

  Fiat 600 derivatives

  SEAT 600/800

  SEAT 800, the sole 4-door derivative

In Spain, the 600 model was made under the make of SEAT, from 1957 to 1973. Up to 797.319 SEAT 600 were made. The Spanish car maker exported them to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Reunion island, Lebanon, Senegal, Somalia and Zaire. This car motorised Spain after the Spanish Civil War.

SEAT produced various derivatives of the original 600 model some of them with improvements and special fittings like the use of "suicide doors": the SEAT 600 D/E/L Especial version, the 'Descapotable' convertible and the 'Formicheta' commercial version etc.

The most interesting version produced between 1964 and 1967 by SEAT is though the SEAT 800, the sole 4-door derivative of the 600 model with longer wheelbase, developed in-house by SEAT and produced exclusively by the Spanish car maker without any equivalent model in Fiat's range.

  Fiat 600/770 Neckar Jagst

  NSU Fiat Jagst

The Fiat 600 was also manufactured at Fiat Neckar in Germany between 1956 and 1967. Presented in a first time as Jagst 600, in 1960 with the release of Fiat 600D it became Jagst 770. The model was manufactured until the end of 1967, more than 172,000 copies.

  Zastava 750/850

In former Yugoslavia the model was very popular, and was produced under the name Zastava 750 (later 850), nicknamed "Fića" in Serbian, "Fićo" in Bosnian and Croatian, and "Fičo" in Slovene. It was produced by the Zastava factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, from the early sixties until 1985, during which time it played a major role in motorization of the country, due to its affordability. Zastava 850 had many improvements from the original model, but it retained the same body style, and should not be confused with the Fiat 850. Like the Fiat 850, it is largely derived from the 600, but introduces a fully synchronized transaxle, front disc brakes, and an alternator. The Fiat 850 is thus a popular source of 'upgrade' parts for the 600, but these upgrades can be difficult or costly as few of the parts can simply be exchanged without modification. The 750 used a 25 hp (30 hp in the 750 SE) 767 cc engine, while the 850 received an 848 cc version providing 32 hp and a useful dollop of extra torque.

  South American production

  Fiat 600 built in Argentina

The 600 was built as the Fiat 600 R by Sevel in Argentina from 1960 to 1982, with assembly operations also taking place some time later in Uruguay and Chile. The 797 cc 36 hp (SAE) 600 R was replaced by the 32 hp (DIN) 843 cc (65.0x63.5mm) 600 S, featuring new bumpers with rubber overriders and a black plastic faux-grille to replace the previous chrome iteration. Top speed was up from 105 to 110 km/h (68 mph).

In Colombia, it was assembled in the actual motor plant of Mazda in Colombia, Compañía Colombiana Automotriz from 1979 to 1982 with Colombian 60% parts and 40% Serbian 750 parts. Colloquially it was called "topolino".

  The Multipla (1956–1965)

Fiat 600 Multipla
Fiat 600 Multipla 1960
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1956-1969
243,000 units[5]
Class Mini MPV
Layout RR layout
Engine 633 cc straight-4 OHV, 21 hp
767 cc straight-4 OHV, 29 hp
Transmission 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,000 mm (78.7 in)[6]
Length 3,531 mm (139.0 in)[6]
Width 1,448 mm (57.0 in)[6]
Height 1,581 mm (62.2 in)[6]
Curb weight 700 kg (1,543 lb)[6]
  Multipla Marinella

The original Fiat Multipla and 600 Multipla were based on the Fiat 600's drivetrain, model 1100 coil and wishbone independent front suspension, and sat 6 people in a footprint just 50 centimetres (19.7 in) longer than the original Mini Cooper. The driver compartment was moved forward over the front axle, eliminating the boot in effect but giving the body a very minivan-like "one-box" look. Behind the front seat the vehicle could be arranged with a flat floor area or a choice of one or two bench seats.

Until the 1970s it was widely used as a taxi in many parts of Italy.

A 633 cc right hand drive Multipla was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1956 and was found to have a top speed of 57.1 mph (91.9 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-50 mph (80 km/h) in 43.0 seconds. A fuel consumption of 38.4 miles per imperial gallon (7.36 L/100 km; 32.0 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £799 including taxes on the UK market.[7]

In 1956 Pininfarina designed a remarkable open-topped Multipla prototype called the "Marinella" with a wooden-slat wraparound bench in the rear.

A Fiat 600 Multipla towing a caravan is used in the video clip of the Crowded House hit Weather with You from their 1991 album Woodface.

The Multipla name was re-introduced in the late-1990s for the Fiat Multipla compact MPV.


  The Fiat 600 "Jolly" - with wicker seats

In 1958 Fiat shipped a number of Fiat 600s to the Italian design house Ghia for conversion into the Jolly. Featuring wicker seats and the option of a fringed top to shield its occupants from the Mediterranean sun, these cars were originally made for use on large yachts of the wealthy (Aristotle Onassis owned one).

With a cost of nearly double that of a standard "600", they were made in a very limited production. It is believed that fewer than 100 exist today, each one being unique. 32 Jolly cars were used as taxis on the island of Catalina off the coast of Los Angeles in the USA in the years 1958–1962.

  Fiat Abarth 750 / 850 / 1000

  Fiat Abarth 850TC
  Fiat 600 Multipla Abarth

Italian tuning company Abarth produced various versions of the Fiat 600 from 1956 to 1970 under the following model names:[8]

  • 1956-59 Fiat Abarth 750 Berlina (Derivazione)
  • 1960-64 Fiat Abarth 850TC Berlina
  • 1961-63 Fiat Abarth 850TC Nurburgring
  • 1961-63 Fiat Abarth 850TC Nurburgring Corsa
  • 1961-67 Fiat Abarth 1000 Berlina
  • 1961-64 Fiat Abarth 1000 Berlina Corsa
  • 1964-68 Fiat Abarth 850TC Corsa
  • 1964-69 Fiat Abarth 1000TC Berlina Corsa
  • 1970 Fiat Abarth 1000TCR Berlina Corsa [8]

  Total production of the 600

  • Italy - Fiat: 2.695.197
  • Spain - Fiat/Seat: 814.926
  • Germany - Fiat Neckar: ~ 172.000
  • former Yugoslavia - Zastava: 923.487
  • Argentina - Sevel: 304.016
  • Chile - Fiat: ~ 12.000
  • World total: > 4.921.626

  Additional specifications

  • Gas mileage = ~ 32 mi per gallon[clarification needed] for the 499 cc engine
  • Gas tank = ~ 7 US gal (26 L; 6 imp gal) capacity for the 1959 model


  1. ^ "Fiat 600". museoauto.it. http://www.museoauto.it/website/en/collezione/34-fiat/100-fiat-mod-600. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "News summary: ... and another million". Practical Motorist 7 nbr 79: page 713. March 1961. 
  3. ^ "Heute nur noch Nebendarsteller: Der Fiat 600". Old Timer Katalog 23: page 137. 2009. 
  4. ^ http://howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/fiat_600_d
  5. ^ "Fiat 600 and Multipla (1955)". autozine.org. http://www.autozine.org/Classiccar/html/Fiat/600.html. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "1955 Fiat 600 Multipla". carfolio.com/specifications. http://www.carfolio.com/specifications/models/car/?car=34650. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  7. ^ "The Fiat 600 Multipla 4/5 seater". The Motor. November 12, 1956. 
  8. ^ a b FIAT 600 / Abarth History Retrieved on 4 April 2011
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Italian Wikipedia.

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