Fiat 500 1957-1973 Haynes Owners Service & Repair Manual covers: Saloon and Estate.
A classic reprint (digital) of the original Haynes owners workshop manual. Covers Saloon and Estate with engines of 479cc, 499cc and 594cc
Engines covered: 0.5 litre (479cc and 499cc) and 0.6 litre (594cc).
Introduction to the Fielt 500
The FIAT 500 was introduced in 1957 as the Nuova Cinquencento, or New 500, to differentiate it from the old 500 “Topolino” or “Mouse”. The Topolino had been in production from 1936; indeed its original drawings were started in 1916! it was very much a miniature car, conventional with four cylinder water cooled engine at the front driving the back axle.
The New 500, with 479 cc two cylinder air cooled engine at the rear was fundamentally an economy car designed most ably as such. Late in 1960 a larger engine of 499 cc was fitted, and the word “New” dropped from the model name, which was reclassified 500D. By 1965 modifications incorporated deserved reclassification again, to 500F. In 1969 this standard model was supplemented by a more fully equipped version, the 500L.
From 1960 to 1972 there was an estate car, sometimes celled the Autobianchi Giardiniera. For most of that period there was also a van version of the station wagon, similar in specification except for the rear side windows.
For 1973 the engine was again enlarged, to 594 cc. This was at the time of the announcement of the larger bodied 126 FIAT. Both cars use the same engine, but the gearboxes are not shared the 500 keeping to its old one without synchromesh.
As well as the major changes that were marked by a reclassification of the model, numerous small modifications have been and still are being introduced.
Being one of the easiest cars to park, one of the cheapest to buy, and very economical on petrol, it is also cheap to repair. The economy of repair comes partly from the ease of doing most jobs, and also from the 500’s robustness. There are not the weak points that are sadly more prevalent with other cars.
It will be a sad day when the 500 finally disappears for it has proven itself to be highly successful in this its original terms of reference – a cheap, robust town car. In addition it has also excelled for many people throughout Europe as a businesslike touring car as welt as competition car.
- Routine Maintenance
- Tune-Up Procedures
- Engine Repair
- Cooling And Heating
- Fuel And Exhaust
- Emissions Control
- Ignition, Brakes
- Suspension And Steering
- Electrical Systems
- Wiring Diagrams
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