Thursday, 31 October 2013

Fiat 600 Multipla

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

To many, the 'Multipla' name evokes images of bug-eyed early 21st-century MPVs with bench seats and strangely positioned handbrakes. But that model's inception centred around the revival of a historic name, and here we see the Multipla genesis from way back in 1956.
Based on the platform of the popular 600 city car, this larger variant managed to seat six people within a footprint just 50cm longer than that of a Mini. Its enormous practicality - as well as seating six, you could fold everything flat to turn into a handy load-lugger - saw it being widely used as a taxi in Italy. And that's why this particular one can be seen every year at the Goodwood Revival, nosing at the perimeter of the Glamcabs area.
Oh, and here's a fun fact... the Multipla's 0-60mph time? Forty-three seconds. Leisurely.

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