If there's proof that color and trim can change a car's character, you have to look no further than the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition for proof. While the Fiat 500 trades on its retro exterior styling, behind the wheel this spunky little city car comes across as more of a thoroughly modern mini in the way its cabin looks and how it drives. 

But, for those needing a little more blast from the past, you should check the box for Customer Preferred Package 21F. For $1,900, you get the 1957 Edition, which features 16-inch wheels with retro pie plate covers, and three color choices: white, blue and green, the latter two pale non-metallic hues contrast with white-colored roofs and exterior mirrors.

Brown leather and ivory accents

Inside, you get comfy leather clad seats with a sew pattern that suggests a club chair, fold down center armrests for both driver and passenger seats, a stitched contrasting brown and ivory leather covered steering wheel, ivory and brown trim panels on the doors and dash, retro Fiat badging and on the functional side, a sport tuned suspension. The tauter suspension increases the grip levels of the Fiat 500 and combined with a the 5-speed manual and the 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers good performance while returning 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. A 6-speed automatic gearbox is available as an option.

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The 1957 Edition is more of a fashion statement and the retro looks both inside and out really make this version of the Fiat 500 stand out not only from standard models, but also the current crop of nostalgia-inspired rides like the Mini Cooper and VW Beetle. The interior is so spot-on that even though there are modern digital readouts and instrumentation, the ivory trim on the dash recalls the painted metal dashboards and Bakelite materials used on cars from the '50s.

Based on the Fiat 500 Lounge model which starts at $18,500, the 1957 Edition won't break the bank at $21,900. This MSRP includes a $700 premium group that adds heated front seats, rear park assist and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, along with an $800 destination charge. The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition not only recalls the birth of the original Cinquencento (500), but also preserves the fun spirit that has been the calling card of this diminutive hatchback.

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