First pictures: Fiat 500 Cabriolet

* Sardine tin-style roof * Pays homage to 1957 Topolino * Start&Stop as standard...

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What Car? Staff
16 February 2009

This is the Fiat 500 Cabriolet, which will be unveiled in the metal at the Geneva motor show next month.

The sardine tin-style cloth roof harks back to the original 1957 Topolino's, and means that changes to the structure of the standard 500 are kept to a minimum. Fiat describes the roof structure as 'an unrestricted window to the sky'.

Engine choices are the same as in the hatchback: a 74bhp 1.3-litre diesel, and 68bhp 1.2-litre and 98bhp 1.4 petrols. The engines all have Fiat's fuel-saving Start&Stop system as standard.

The 500C goes on sale in May and prices are expected to start at around 10,000 -1500 more than the cheapest hatchback version.