Sunday, February 9, 2014
Berkeley Street Sighting - 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla
rear-engined 600 two-door sedan, built with a "one box" shape that puts it somewhere between station wagon and minivan, with a bit of bubble car thrown in. The Multipla was built between 1956 and 1969 with few visual changes. The biggest clue I noticed on this example was the taillight design, which was changed to a larger piece shared with the regular 600s in 1958. This car has the early taillights, making it a 1957 at the latest. The '56 cars had oval-shaped front signal lights on the corners whereas this car has round ones below the headlamps. Another clue is the two knobs in the center of the dashboard, instead of located more to the left side near the driver. This car is a North American-market model instead of a European one, going by the English-language water temperature and fuel gauges on either side of the speedometer. Some cars had an oil gauge instead of the water gauge. This car wears early 1963 license plates, though I've also seen a picture of it on Google with very recent plates.