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Fiat 500L (the lap of luxury)

Fiat 500L (the lap of luxury)


Times change, and given the success of the 500F, Fiat decided to ring some rather substantial aesthetic changes to the car, making it more refined and “luxurious”. As a result, the 500L was born in August 1968. The most obvious change was the adoption of chrome pipes to reinforce the car’s bumpers, giving the smallest car in Italy greater protection in urban traffic. Or against other Italian drivers…



The ‘luxury’ edition of the 500L comes with fitted carpets, a more refined interior finish, reclining front seats, and upholstery complete with vertical grooves. Not to mention a plastic dashboard. This might not sound too luxurious, but bear in mind that its big brother, the Fiat 850, didn’t even have a fuel gauge. You get one of those too with a 500L: don’t say that Fiat doesn’t spoil you. Bumper overriders were fitted to the front and rear of the car to give that bit more security and protection during (contact) parking manoeuvres and out on the road.



Number and type of cylinders: two cylinder vertical in-line (rear mounted)

Bore and stroke: 67.4mm × 70mm

Total displacement: 499.5cm3

Power and RPM: 18hp at 4600rpm

Compression ratio: 7.1:1

Distribution: overhead valves, chain driven side camshaft

Ignition: battery and distributor

Electrical system: 12 volts with 32Ah battery

Power supply: inverted Weber 26 IMB 10 carburettor

Lubrication: pressure with gear pump, centrifugal oil filter

Cooling: forced circulation air


Transmission and brakes

Clutch: single dry disc

Gearbox: four-speed plus reverse

Bevel gear ratio: 8/41

Transmission: rear-driven wheels

Rear axle: with independent wheels

Wheels: disc without slots

Tyres: 125R12.

Shock absorbers: front and rear telescopic.

Suspensions: front, deformable wishbones, transversal leaf spring lower arms; rear, oblique triangulated wishbones, coil springs.

Brakes: hydraulic drum on four wheels.



Chassis type: Integral with metal shell

Fully loaded weight: 850kg

Wheelbase: 1840mm

Tracks: front, 1121mm; rear, 1135mm

Height: 1325mm

Length: 2970mm

Width: 1320mm

Steering: screw and sector



Maximum speed: 95kph (59mph)

Fuel consumption: 5.5l/100km

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