Fiat 500 Spyder, A Car Throwbacks The Past
“In its heyday, the car was an expression of technical flair and design genius: the original Mini, the Beetle, the 2CV, and the Fiat 500 were all, in their various ways, inspired incarnations of functionality.” — Martin Jacques
What about the Fiat 500 Spyder?
Hard to believe it’s a Fiat car! In my memory, Fiat’s cars were very compact with a lot of curves. This concept brings out with several modifications mainly, as far as the posterior part of the car is concerned. Making the shapes simpler and eliminating all that David Obendorfer, an industrial designer who have been working for the Official Italiana Design of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta for 5 years now, considered redundant.
As a result, the new model gives out the impression of having less balanced proportions due to the restrictions imposed by the platform, which is often shared with other models of the same producer. In a nutshell, the architecture of front-wheel cars predetermines, as it were, a quite advanced windshield position which doesn’t allow the construction of a sufficiently long bonnet line which would bestow dynamism on the chassis.
As much as other Fiat cars, the Spyder concept somehow prefers a more classic arrangement of propositions, which are also regarded on the BMW Z4 and Mazda MAX5. By using the platform of Fiat/Alfa models of segment B, Obendorfer has chosen to develop a totally new chassis, therefore, rather than being a simple up-to-date reinterpretation as it has no concrete progenitor, Fiat Spyder 500 is the beginning for a series of beautiful old two-seaters that will be coming soon. “My aim is to try to find possible points between the past and the future, studying and proposing stylistic solutions that are able to reconstruct the continuity interrupted decades ago,” said Obendorfer.
I would call him a person who tells stories about the past of the world of automobiles through contemporary language.