The Fiat 500 Colour Therapy brings the spirit of the seventies to this millennium. Is that
a good thing? It was, after all, the period of comedy clothing and hilarious hair. Either
way, this city car pays homage to the pre-Thatcher era through a series of seventies style
exterior colours. These are: New Age Cream, Countrypolitan Yellow, Pasodoble Red,
Volare Blue, and Tech House Grey. These complement white wing mirror caps and wheels.
No flared trousers, then. And guess what? Fiat's marketing is more in your face than the
Mods and Rockers. Expect phrases such as “ace”, “far out” and “you dig” to take you back
The Fiat 500 Colour Therapy is available in hatchback and convertible form, with either a
0.9-litre or a 1.2-litre petrol engine. That is far out, dude.
This seventies throwback also has
air-conditioning, power mirrors, MP3 connectivity, and electric windows. It therefore sits
above the entry-level Pop and below the high-spec Lounge trim. The 500 Colour Therapy
also has fun-focussed handling, an attractive cabin, and striking lines. But who wants it?
In my experience, motorists who lived through the seventies are pleased – no thrilled – to
leave this period behind. Unreliable cars, the three-day working week, and terrible music
have clearly left their toll. As such, this memorable edition must be for youngsters who
perceive the seventies as super cool. Brace yourself for the return of flared trousers. Mmm!
By Stephen Turvil
Wed, 29 Aug 2012