2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Movie Star

August 18, 2011

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I'm a movie lover, and Caroline's recent post about Fiat's plans to have drive-in events to showcase the Fiat 500 had me wondering whether the car played a role in the 1960 Federico Fellini film "La Dolce Vita," which Fiat evokes in various ways in its advertising and marketing. Yes, as it turns out. The Fiat 1100 Familiare, the 405 and the 500 B all appeared in the film (in minor roles).

How do I know this? It's not my keen eye for classic Fiats. The credit goes to IMCDB.org: the Internet Movie Cars Database. The Fiat 500 (old and new) has gotten a lot of screen time over the years. Above is a shot of a 1960 Fiat 500 from the classic (?) 1967 film "Oscar."

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From "Letto a tre piazze," a 1960 Italian comedy, chockful of Fiats.

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From "El 600 de la nostra vida," an Italian documentary.

What's your favorite starring role for a Fiat -- or any other iconic car, for that matter?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @7,043 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 FIAT 500 in VA is:

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