ony," right? That was the joke line about Fiat, which slunk away from the North American market in the early 1980s.
That reputation doesn't apply to the "Cinquecento," of which the Italian maker cranked out 3.4 million between 1957 and 1975, many of which are still plying Italy's narrow stradas today. It helps that the two-cylinder car is outrageously simple -- basically, a lawnmower with a roof. Only a handful made it to the states since they top out around 50 mph.
(We note that Fiat, now Chrysler's majority shareholder, has returned to the U.S. with a single model -- the new
500, seen here in the inset photo. It's a fun ride, but we're not making any forecasts on its reliability).
Fiat 500 (in Europe)