Spotted: Fiat 500 in Fort Collins, CO Felix Wong

I was driving down South College Avenue this morning when a pair of yellow hot hatches whizzed by on my left. The first one was a Mini Cooper—probably not the S model, because I did not see its characteristic dual exhaust tips in my cell-cam photos. More interesting was the car tailing it: a Fiat 500. The Italians are coming!

A Fiat 500 following a Mini Cooper through Fort Collins.
A Fiat 500 following a Mini Cooper through Fort Collins.

Both vehicles had Michigan manufacturer license plates and were cruising south on Fort Collins’ main strip at a fairly leisurely pace. What were they doing in America’s Best Place to Live on this fine morning featuring sunny skies and 39-degree temperatures at 9:30am? Perhaps they were hoping to attend the annual Easter Egg Land Grab, although they were driving in the wrong direction from it. Maybe they were going to help out at the upcoming Denver Auto Show, four days away.

Prototype Fiat 500 with Michigan manufacturer plates.

More likely, they were on their way to the Rocky Mountains to do some altitude testing. Or possibly Pikes Peak sitting at over 14,000′ and 120 miles south. In any case, it is good to see that Fiat is serious about bringing the Cinquecento to the States.

The Fiat 500 was sporting Italian-colored striping along its beltline and roof.
The Fiat 500 was sporting Italian-colored striping along its beltline and roof.

I personally think this little Italian runabout would be hoot to flog through the Poudre Canyon!

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5 comments on “Spotted: Fiat 500 in Fort Collins, CO

  1. Comment by Dragos

    I have seen a Fiat 500 last night in Breckenridge CO. I passed by as I entered the freeway 70 towards Denver without realizing what car it was. After a few moments I figured it out and slowed down to let it catch up to me so I can take a better look at it. It was white with Michigan plates, small maybe as small as a Mini if not smaller but larger than a Smart. Are they bringing it to the US?

  2. Comment by BoBo LaCrotch

    I can’t wait much longer!
    I gotta have the Cabrio here in Fort Collins. I too want to drive the Colorado Canyons.

    Plus, I should be able to get a Fiat & a Golf cart in one stall of my garage! I like that!

  3. Comment by Michael L. Hoenig

    Wondering why there were three spotted in Amarillo, TX, weekend of Aug 14/15, 2010…

    Way cool!

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