The Fiat 600 microcar is well known to everyone who is fond of European cars. It was a rear-engined Italian car produced from 1955 to 1969. During this time, more than 2 million copies were produced, which made it really popular, and not only in Italy.
In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the car was very popular in Latin America, especially in Argentina, where it was given the nickname “Fitito” – short for Fiat. The Seicento (‘600’ in Italian) was also sometimes used by body workshops to create exclusive versions.
One of them was a coupe from the Accossato workshop. The full name of the car sounded like Fiat 600 Weekend “due porte e mezzo” which means “Two and a half doors”. It turns out that this literal translation accurately conveys the concept of an unusual coupe.
Presented in 1956, the prototype had a “child” door above the right rear wheel that opened against the direction of travel. The solution is unusual, but quite practical: it should be much more convenient to put children in the back seat or to throw things through the front doors.
The Turin body shop Ernesto Accossato is known for its vans based on the Fiat 500 Topolino, as well as hearses and sports fastbacks based on the Fiat 1400/1900. The Fiat 600 Weekend “due porte e mezzo” is one of the last works of the workshop.