Fiat Topolino Spiaggina

The venerable Italian coachbuilder Castagna Milano has turned its attention to Fiat’s tiny new Topolino, the cute-as-a-button derivative of the Citroën Ami electric quadricycle. Castagna Milano has ramped up the detailing, inspired by the original Fiat 500 Jolly from the 1950s, to create a bespoke electric runaround designed for silent seaside travel.

The Jolly was an original Fiat 500 transformed into an ultra-light beach car at the behest of Fiat’s CEO, Gianni Agnelli – something that was an aesthetic match for the family yacht, the 82ft Agneta.

Built by Ghia, the Jolly had a striped canvas roof and wicker seats.

Castagna Milano’s Spiaggina blends the Bonacina aesthetic with a nautical look inspired by Riva yachts and other upscale Mediterranean pleasure craft, with teak and chrome detailing, a striped canvas roof and seat inserts that mimic the wicker feel of the original. The company also offers an extended version, adding 30cm of length to turn the strict two-seater into something a tiny bit more practical, with an extended rear deck and storage compartments.

The Milanese firm has carried out similar conversions to modern Fiat 500s and even Minis in recent years, but the transformation of the Topolino is their tiniest creation to date.

Photos Courtesy of Castagna Milano

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