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Chris
11-21-2010, 12:24 PM
I feel like I'm probably one of the youngest here; when I was born the Fiats were already long gone. I had the pleasure of owning a 2000 Fiat Bravo HGT while I was in France, and fell in love (of course I always preferred the 500). I'm only 25 and would love to learn more about the older Fiats as well as the new!

sjmst
11-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Bought my 81 Fiat Spider new when I was 23. 52 now.. http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/smiley_good.gif

Chris
11-21-2010, 03:49 PM
Maybe I'll be able to get a Fiat Spider in a couple decades then? Here's hoping! http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/anim_handshake.gif

ciddyguy
11-21-2010, 04:40 PM
author="cinquecento">
I feel like I'm probably one of the youngest here; when I was born the Fiats were already long gone. I had the pleasure of owning a 2000 Fiat Bravo HGT while I was in France, and fell in love (of course I always preferred the 500). I'm only 25 and would love to learn more about the older Fiats as well as the new!


I remember when Fiat was here in the US but never owned one myself although I came close to checking out a 78, I think it was Fiat 128 in the early 80's and remember liking the looks of the Ritmo/Strada before poof, they were gone in 1982, well, the X-1/9 and the 124 Spyder stayed around as Bertone before they left in '85 here in the States.

I'm hoping to be in a financial position to buy my first brand new car, perhaps the Fiat, once I test drive it and all that, not a well used older model this year.

I'm 45, will be 46 early next year.

Minuszka
11-21-2010, 06:40 PM
I'm 44 and a Fiat 500 was our first family car in Europe when I grew up. So, it's me at the wheel on my thumbnail photo.

Fiat500USA
11-21-2010, 06:53 PM
Hi cinquecento,

Today I'll be 48 and this past week has been a great birthday present!


http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n1942527/Fiat500USA-500_close.jpg

Prima 109
11-21-2010, 07:39 PM
I'm 41. Will be 42 next August. The PE will be my first Fiat. I know people who have had them when they were here in the 70s & 80s, they loved them. i'm buying this one because I was lucky enough to get a reservation spot after being on wait list. Getting excited. The local Chrysler dealer was chosen as a Fiat dealer, so that makes it even better for me.

NM dude
11-21-2010, 08:58 PM
I`m 68. Have owned many cars of all types over the the years, but prima #201 will be my first Fiat.

fiatgal
11-22-2010, 01:57 PM
44, and very young at heart.

Happy belated birthday Chris!!

Mike S
11-22-2010, 02:33 PM
I'm 63 and I'm surprised at the average age so far.

Fiat may want to add a wheel chair rack and oxygen bottle holders as additional options.

Carabinieri
11-22-2010, 06:15 PM
I'm 63, too, Mike, but if you drive like I do, let's hope the options list also includes a roll cage and nitro boost. http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/anim_jump.gif

As for prior FIAT's, I bought a '76 131 new in Virginia and then drove it in Italy for 3 years, '77 - '80. Great car. I still miss it.

Bill

Mike S
11-22-2010, 06:55 PM
Roll cage and nitrous?

I and many others would like to see a real abarth 500 that can compete on the world rally circuit like in the old days.

With some work, it could compete with the likes of the Subaru WRX...

The current version of the 500 Abarth is slower than my stock Volvo station wagon.

Gerre
11-22-2010, 10:11 PM
I'm 54 and will be 55 at year end. I was 17 when I bought my first FIAT 500. A 1964 500D bought in 1973. I payed $364 and sold it for $364 three years later. I am (just) a little older than the original 7/4/1957 debut FIAT 500. Still want to hug it every time I see one.

Carabinieri
11-23-2010, 12:35 PM
I was, as were you, just teasing, tho I am having difficulty imagining a Volvo wagon getting out of its own way, much less be faster than the Abarth version 500.

We sold the 131 and bought a '83 244GL. Wonderful family car, but (in non-turbo) S L O W. Got 200K+ out of it, too, and probably would still have it had not a darling daughter totalled it. She wasn't hurt, but had the tow-truck driver call me as she didn't want to tell me she destroyed that loyal beast. Only had two real issues with it: electrics and lights that made Brit cars seem inspired technology and plastic that made we wonder how it survived in Sweden because so much cracked in East coast winters.

I've about decided to give up my #160 and wait to buy something more made to order. Kathi had a good time watching the various Abarth vids out there and I'm thinking she'll be hooked. I really don't care about 0-60 and other "fast" results, but care very much about suspension.

Regards,

Bill

Mike S
11-23-2010, 04:50 PM
Yes, I know. Volvo wagon faster than the Abarth?

Volvo couldn't have done a worse job promoting it. It is the "R" version. V70R, 300 hp all wheel drive and push button adjustable suspension. The 2006 - 2007 were the last of them. 0 - 60 in 6.5 seconds! The numbers I have seen for the Abarth are 7.9 seconds.

I couldn't help myself. After 3 months I reprogrammed the ecu with a softloader. 0 - 60 is now 5.83 seconds.

Now what cop would give an elderly man driving a Volvo wagon a speeding ticket?

I did get dusted by a Subaru WRX so be careful with those.

JustWilliam
11-24-2010, 02:30 AM
45 years old. Hopelessly devoted to the marriage of practicality and artistic expression.

elaborus
11-24-2010, 04:47 AM
43 years old from Thessaloniki - Greece...

Jim McKenzie
12-15-2010, 04:03 PM
57 but feel like 27 years ago :)

ScarGo
12-15-2010, 06:29 PM
I'm 46, and never owned a Fiat. I do remember encouraging my brother to buy an X1/9, that must have been 1978? I think somehow I have always been attracted to small cars. Maybe it was the fuel crises in the 70's. My fist car was a 1980 Ford Fiesta and my wife and I purchased a 2004 MINI Cooper S. We had the second one in our area...so early adopters I guess.

RacerRon
01-26-2011, 06:31 PM
I'm 59. Bought my first Fiat new in 1978 (X1/9). I have owned several X1/9s. My dad had an 850. I started racing Fiats in the early 1980s. I'm interested in buying a 500, but am going to wait until the Abarth version is available in the U.S.
http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2358006/myx190004_sm.jpg

sjmst
01-26-2011, 06:53 PM
Like I said, 52 now, but, here I am taking delivery of my new Fiat Spider in 1982. I'm on the left. Still have that car.

http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2358208/fiat_1982_2.jpg




http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2358208/fiatmay30008999.jpg

spindoc
01-26-2011, 07:25 PM
56 and counting. No Fiats, but have had a number of relatively light, fun-to-drive, cool cars: Porsche Cayman S, Lotus Elise, Mazda RX8, Mini Cooper S, Audi TT, BMW M Roadster and E30, etc. I'm an instructor for track events, but probably the only competition my 500 will see is autocrossing.

sketch
01-27-2011, 05:28 AM
Aha... I am but 23 years old! I wonder if I'll be the youngest Prima Edizione owner...

Fun fact: I chose the number of my Fiat for my birth year <smiley image='smiley_happy.gif'/>

Gavin
01-27-2011, 11:38 AM
49, turning 50 in Sept.....haven't owned a cage since early 2005...6 years of scooter or bicycle riding, no matter what the weather...Luckily Albuquerque is mostly beautiful weather...but I've been on less than 4 wheels in weather I probably, definitely, shouldn't have been....

I told myself I would buy any car I wanted when I turned 50 (was thinking the Lexus sports coupe at the time...but I really wanted to be "greener" than that...then when I put solar panels up on my roof I was hoping for an electric car...but they are just a tad behind---I could get a LEAF next month, but I decided that it was a bigger car than I wanted for commuting...and just fair looking...it will be a great car, but I've waited a while, might as well get something I really want. I would buy the Fiat 500EV today...or the Volvo C30 EV...but they aren't here and so I think I will go Fiat 500, which is just insanely beautiful, and then update to an Electric car in a couple of years)

The Fiat 500 is coming just a bit sooner than my 50th (though if I get the Lounge it would be just about right...but if I wait to get the 500EV I might be 51 or more....)....

Ah, choices choices...If I was a bit more patient I would cancel and just go for the EV in a couple of years since that is my dream car...but heck I have no idea what the future brings and kinda hate waiting...

Gavin

Mike S
01-27-2011, 11:45 AM
You also might be dead in two months so enjoy life now. Get the PE, then sell or trade it when the EV of your choice is available.

Gavin
01-27-2011, 01:14 PM
two months? ha, i ride cageless to work everyday...in New Mexico...I could be dead later today.

yeah, leaning PE, then EV in 2 years....but the ivory upper interior and glass roof of the lounge call to me...it will come down to the wire which way I go.

Gavin

sam500
01-27-2011, 02:13 PM
I'm 24 *gasp*.

My brother in law has a 1st generation FIAT Panda (he lives in Vicenza, IT) and loves it. I'm a huge Europhile, and having moved to LA, have decided to go for a small Euro hatch. For a really long time I was convinced that I was going to buy a MINI S, but for some reason decided to wait for the 500 to come stateside. Hope it was the right decision!

Giallo Edizione
01-27-2011, 02:28 PM
I bought a FIAT 124 Sport Spider new in 1974 ( with my own money) if that gives you some idea.

Carabinieri
01-27-2011, 02:29 PM
You could do both.

I have about decided to throw (fiscal) caution to the winds and take delivery of #160, which can then join my Guzzis and MINI S in the GarageMahalo.
http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2363432/Kathi%2527s_MINI_Delivered.jpg

BTW, your b-i-l Italian or in the 173d?

Bill

5hundy
01-27-2011, 02:30 PM
Just turned the big 3 oh. Hopefully my PE will know the way to the gym better than my last car or this could qualify as my mid-life crisis. :)

sam500
01-27-2011, 03:11 PM
I wish I could do both, but I don't have a place to keep two new cars!! That's a beautiful MINI S, BTW.

Also, my brother in law is french, but lives and works in Vicenza. He lives about 20 minutes away from the 173d base, so I see it quite often every time I visit.

John Reid
01-29-2011, 09:11 PM
I bought a 128 in 1975 and X 1/9 in 1977. I currently own a 1980 X 1/9 and am looking forward to my 500. Oh, by the way I'm 61.

Fiat500USA
01-30-2011, 12:32 AM
Fiat 500 owners are really interesting folks! It's true when they say the car's appeal spans all decades. What's apparent is this car is for people who enjoy life, are unique and have a brightness of mind.

You are all good company to be in!

sjmst
01-30-2011, 02:10 PM
author="John Reid">
I bought a 128 in 1975 and X 1/9 in 1977. I currently own a 1980 X 1/9 and am looking forward to my 500. Oh, by the way I'm 61.

A 1980 X 1/9, very nice! I want one some day.

sjmst
01-30-2011, 02:10 PM
author="Carabinieri">
You could do both.

I have about decided to throw (fiscal) caution to the winds and take delivery of #160, which can then join my Guzzis and MINI S in the GarageMahalo.

<img src="http://fiat-500-usa-forum.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2363432/Kathi%27s_MINI_Delivered.jpg" border="0"/>

BTW, your b-i-l Italian or in the 173d?

Bill

That Mini is a beauty! Very nice set up.

Springer2011
02-17-2011, 07:12 PM
Carabinieri - Are you going to change the Union Jack to an Italian flag since you have Guzzi's and now a 500?

Tuschay425
02-18-2011, 09:18 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been watching the news unfold on this blog for months now. I'm currently 20 years old. My father owned a Fiat 500 originally in Argentina as his first car and although it isn't the first car I've had, the Prima will certainly be the one I'm keeping for unforeseable future. :)

Cheers.

And a big shout out to Chris for being the main and most reliable source of information for me. :)

-James S.

Carabinieri
02-18-2011, 11:53 AM
Actually, the UK flag was an anomaly and IHO of the MINI (tho, yes, I am well aware of its Teutonic genes. http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/smiley_wink.gif

I like flags. Started collecting them by accident when we had company from somewhere. Next thing, I knew, had MANY. Probably close to a hundred now. It's fun having company (or when neighbors have company) to fly a flag from "home." Had German guests next door a few weeks ago and thought they were going to cry when they pulled in and saw the Deutschlandfahne. http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/anim_jump.gif

Anyway, the Italian <i>tricolore</i> is a frequent flier, so to speak, as it's on the GarageMahalo whenever I am wrenching on one of the Guzzis or on a ride, i.e., every weekend it's one of those. http://n3.nabble.com/images/smiley/smiley_good.gif

And, as I said, many other opps, too. Here are a few samples. let me know if you are in Atlanta, as I can probably find one in the flag locker to please you. <smiley image='anim_claps.gif'/>

http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2527508/SWMO_2010_Back_Home_s.jpg

http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2527508/785FogFlags.jpg

http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2527508/Corp._Brent_Poland_1.jpg

And, finally, to reenforce the Italian motif, here's an "Italian GPS" to assist my out-of-town Guzzisti friends to find the place!


http://fiat-500-usa-forum-archives.965414.n3.nabble.com/file/n2527508/Italian_GPS.jpg

Distinti saluti,

Carabinieri

PE#454
02-18-2011, 08:44 PM
[QUOTE]author="John Reid">
I bought a 128 in 1975 and X 1/9 in 1977. I currently own a 1980 X 1/9 and am looking forward to my 500. Oh, by the way I'm 61.[;QUOTE]

I bought a '76 128 (second owner) in 1978. I loved that car, even though it did spend quite a bit of time in the shop. I've got a photo that I'll post just as soon as I can find my photo box. The ironic thing is, I bought the 128 just a few blocks up the road from the father of my new Fiat dealer. What goes around, comes around. <smiley image='smiley_good.gif'/>

I'll be 54 in a couple of months.

P.S. John, we might well be related!

George
02-21-2011, 02:09 PM
I'm 66 years old and had a Fiat 1500 cabriot/convertible back in "the day" (late 60's)! I am looking forward to getting the 500C if its not too expensive. If anyone has any idea or guess as to how much of a premium the cost of the C would be over the regular 500 I'd sure like to hear from you!! Pls email: kmil123@msn.com

Thanks!

sjmst
02-21-2011, 03:11 PM
author="George">
I'm 66 years old and had a Fiat 1500 cabriot/convertible back in "the day" (late 60's)! I am looking forward to getting the 500C if its not too expensive. If anyone has any idea or guess as to how much of a premium the cost of the C would be over the regular 500 I'd sure like to hear from you!! Pls email: kmil123@msn.com

Thanks!

Hi George. I have a guess, based on the UK website.
I would think maybe 1,500 - 2,000 more. Again, just a guess.

Jimbo
01-26-2013, 02:44 AM
I am 57, however when i drive my 500, i'm 35 again.

mgirod
01-26-2013, 09:25 AM
I'm 49 and lived in north Louisiana until I was 35. I honestly don't remember ever seeing a Fiat around there during the late 70's or early 80's. Come to think of it, on recent trips back home, I haven't seen a single one of our newer cars. Guess Fiat just doesn't do business in that region. My current 500 Sport will probably be passed on to my daughter when she gets her license. Then it might be Abarth time!

Andree
01-27-2013, 04:40 AM
53, and I thought I was going to be "the old fart" here. When I look around at pictures on Twitter, most of the people are late teens, twenties. Maybe some the younger people with FIATs aren't into car forum chat?

Honestly, I wondered if I was "too old" for the Fiat. And yet the Fiat has so many great things that are SO RIGHT for me, I just couldn't pass it by. My last car was KILLING my back with it's seat, and I had to do something.

I do remember Fiats in the 70s. One of the fellas I went to school with had one, and all I remember about it was that it was often broken down. LOL. It was a fixer and he liked trying to fix it.

And I remember these young lads, two of them, in a red convertible Fiat, being boisterous, speaking fluent Italian, and gesturing, in what I am pretty sure was complementary flirtation.

For all I know, they could have been yelling "your earlobes appear to be pig's feet", but it sounded sexy in Italian, whatever it was they said.

Alvon Elrod
01-27-2013, 10:39 AM
57 1/2 here. Acqired our first Fiat (1970 124 spider) in 1987 and still drive it regularly. Also have a 1960 Fiat 600. The PE #18 Fiat 500 is the first new vehicle that we've ever owned, and I reckon we'll still be driving it in 2050 if I live that long!

Alvon

madbyrd
01-27-2013, 11:13 AM
It looks as though this thread has been going on for awhile. I will be 58 next month and this is my first Fiat. I have always been a fan of small cars though having restored a couple of VW Beetles ('72 and '73) and once owned '78 VW Beetle convertible. I have also been more more of the "non-mainstream" kind of guy as my first new car was a '73 AMC Gremlin X. Most of my car history, new or used, tended towards AMC/Chrysler which was part of the appeal for me towards the 500. I live near Dundee where the engine is built (formerly Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance) and I worked for a company that made the snap rings for the Aisin transmission, so some connection to the components.

I have had my 500 Pop since mid-April 2012 and have driven nearly 20000 trouble free miles. It is an awesome little car and I plan to drive it to a million (if I live that long)! Fiat probably hates to hear me say that :) However, after reading the history of the 500 and watching Wheeler Dealers, I am starting to look for a '60 or '70's model to restore.

Enjoy your Fiats, enjoy life!

msjulie33
01-27-2013, 11:14 AM
53, and I thought I was going to be "the old fart" here. ..

Honestly, I wondered if I was "too old" for the Fiat.

I too am surprised at our maturity level here :) As for too old, I think that happens only when you stop driving all together. Cliche and all but I really think this car, in it's various flavors, appeals to a broad range of folks; motor heads to cruisers to tinkers and places in between :)

HiFi Guy
01-27-2013, 11:17 AM
I'm 46 and my wife is 45. I remember Bertones and Pininfarinas being sold at the Ford dealer when I was in high school.

These are the first Fiats either of us has owned and we both love them.

Andree
01-28-2013, 04:35 PM
I'm 63 and I'm surprised at the average age so far.

Fiat may want to add a wheel chair rack and oxygen bottle holders as additional options.

Walker rack, FTW! It would be easier to put the walker on a hatch rack than try to get it in the back.

KhalilWilliams
01-28-2013, 04:46 PM
I actually fell in love with FIAT cars when I was 17 or 18 years old; I knew about them a long time; but I didn't get really curious about them until my freshman year in high school. My curiosity turned into a fandom when I learned that FIAT were making cars here for North America again (circa 2010). Ever since then, I've been wanting my own FIAT car. I'm 19 years old now, and have been trying to get in the market for one of these cars for quite some time now.

SeaDawg
01-28-2013, 10:33 PM
66 here. Back in May 2011, when I bought my Sport, 64 going on 65. Owned a 10 year old Seat 600 (Spanish FIAT) in Morocco in the mid '70's. Lusted after a new X 1/9 but never followed through. I've been very satisfied with my 500, after a little over 1 1/2 years. Very low mileage, just a bit over 7,000 miles. Lots of makeup; tint, wheels, mirrors, spoilers, etc.. Engine is box stock 1.4 liter with 5 spd manual.

luckymoi
01-29-2013, 04:27 PM
age? age?
"its a question of mind over mater.
If you dont mind, it don't matter."
45 I am.

hexadecimal that is.

yes, Mark Twain

Leasdaddy
01-29-2013, 06:03 PM
My wife thinks there is a 14 year old trapped in my 48 year old body. I blame my uncle for letting me drive (with him!) his 1964 Austin Healy for my first experience with a manual gearbox. I have never recovered. I do like a dependable car, but beyond that I thrive on the emotional experience and sensations of driving something, like my 500, encourages me to lighten up, enjoy the trip and have a little fun. My X1/9 did that, my MR2, did that and even my Renault LeCar did that. Well, the Renault had a giant sunroof, and I couldn't take myself too seriously driving it!

Deefourtay
01-29-2013, 07:13 PM
I'm 22, Always had a Hot Ride because I get easily bored in "Grocery Getter" type of cars. My Abarth has a fine balance between fun & practicality

adam42
01-29-2013, 09:09 PM
Looks like I might be the oldest coot here, I am 71 and love all things Italian, cars, wine, food, woman and all else.

pastor passum
01-29-2013, 11:27 PM
I'll be 67 in a few months. Some day when I grow up I'll get a Buick but for now it's the Rosso Abarth. In the garage is my toy, an '07 Shelby GT and my BMW R1200GS. Life's much too short to drive dull, boring vehiclesSpinningSmiley

FiatGusto
01-29-2013, 11:49 PM
Looks like I might be the oldest coot here, I am 71 and love all things Italian, cars, wine, food, woman and all else.
Hi Adam42. I will be 72 in May. Are you still the winner???
Had an X1.9 in the 70's. Loved it. Actually ran very well.
We too love Italy ( only been once ) and include wine, all pastas and all foods Italian.

Fiat500USA
01-30-2013, 01:08 AM
I added a poll so we can see who we are. When this thread started on the old Nable forum back in 2010, there was no Poll feature. Now that we have upgraded to vBulletin, it's time to update this post. Vote On!

adam42
01-30-2013, 03:53 PM
FiatGusto, looks like you have me beat, I am later in the year. I guess that congrats are in order for both of us if for nothing else than being alive this long and being able to remember back to the 70's.

2wheels4me
02-17-2013, 11:46 PM
60 in April. But I drive the weee out of my much-modded little Verde Chiaro Sport. Passengers are shocked by its capabilities while ripping through canyons...

NC Abarth
02-18-2013, 10:02 PM
I took this poll on the Abarth thread as well. I thought I'd be way outside the demographic, but it looks like I'm right in the middle at 47. 2nd week and still loving my Abarth! I'm amazed at how quick that little 1.4L turbo is.

SailDesign
02-19-2013, 09:33 AM
57 here - well, a couple of weeks away from 58, to be honest - but with an inner 15 year-old.
My first Fiat was a 126 in the UK in the early 80s - loved it. The 500 brings it all back, with enough power to make it fun (126 had, yes, 26hp).

4Play
02-20-2013, 01:31 PM
37 here my wife is 34. We justed wanted a good mpg convertible and FIAT was coming back to the US so why not.