Junkyard Find: 2012 Fiat 500 Gucci Edition

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 2012 fiat 500 gucci edition

The junkyard tells me that the Fiat 500 depreciates nearly as quickly as the New Mini and Mitsubishi Mirage, though the current generation of 500 remains sufficiently recent that most examples I see are crash victims.

This car, though crashed, is still special: a genuine, numbers-matching Gucci Edition Fiat 500, found in a Denver car graveyard.

I’m always on the lookout for designer-edition cars in the junkyard, be they Mark Cross New Yorkers, Bill Blass Continentals, Cartier Town Cars, Oleg Cassini Matadors, Orvis Grand Cherokees, or even Etienne Agnier Golfs. Naturally, the first junkyard employee who saw the GUCCI badges pried them off this car.

The Gucci 500 got special badging, body stripes, seat fabric, and wheels.

The stripes are still on this car, but junkyard shoppers grabbed the seats immediately. I suspect that the Gucci wheels never even reached the junkyard.

Why is it in this place? Here’s why.

The key is in the ignition and there’s a claim check from what I presume was the repair shop that got the car after the crash. A quick call to the insurance company no doubt resulted in an instant verdict: Morta!

I reviewed the (non-Gucci) 500 Sport, back in 2011, and I thought it was reasonably fun for the price. A few years later, I drove the 500e and enjoyed the electric-motor torque and easy San Francisco parking, not to mention the hilariously festive white-and-orange interior. Usually, there’s more of a delay between a new-car review and a Junkyard Find, of course.

New vehicles in Colorado are emissions-test-exempt for the first eight years after the sale, so this car never had to endure a Denver County smog check (which is a walk in the park next to the stringent tests my cars had to endure when I lived in California).

The automatic would have added enough to this car’s value to make it worth fixing after a little fender-bender, but this one hit something hard at a greater-than-parking-lot-speed clip.

Just the car to drive when you’re stuck behind some retired Mob enforcer in an Imperial!

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  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Jul 13, 2020

    I understand the later year models (‘15 thru’17) have many of the major kinks worked out. Yet, it is still a FIAT. Better get cozy with your Chraftman’s tool set, but you’ll feel the fun of owning your first car again. Always needing some attention, but rewarding when you fix it your self.

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    • FormerFF FormerFF on Jul 16, 2020

      @northeaster Broken clutch cables on a 128 generally were caused by a broken ground strap that connected (electrically) the engine to the chassis. If the ground strap broke or was heavily corroeded, the current from the starter motor would ground through the clutch cable, causing it to arc within its housing and ultimately break.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Jul 13, 2020

    Sick! The owner looked very stylish right up until the moment they plowed into whatever object they plowed into. Looks like a direct frontal, so I will guess the use of an electronic device of some kind was the cause.

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