The Little Mouse That Never Was

The term “Topolino” remains so strongly associated with the original Fiat 500 model that the launch of the electric microcar Fiat Topolino feels like the return of a historic nameplate. But I bet you didn’t know that Fiat once already came very close to launching a “Topolino”…

Matteo Licata
Roadster Life
Published in
4 min readAug 9, 2023

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Fiat 500 Topolino
The Fiat 500 “Topolino” (picture from media.stellantis.com)

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Matteo Licata
Roadster Life

I’ve been obsessed with cars for as long as I remember and, after working in automobile design for a decade, now I’m a lecturer, a published author, a YouTuber