It’s not the most powerful, beautiful or luxurious car we drove this summer, but the new Fiat 500 Cabrio was certainly one of the most fun.

With Dolce Vita looks straight from the original 1957 Cinquecento, the new 500 literally makes you feel like you’re in a Fellini film, with the cabriolet version adding to the effect.

The new Cinquecento literally makes you feel like you’re in a Fellini film

While we’re sure there’s a bit of a novelty factor at work, we liked it more than both the Mini and the VW bug and we doubt the feeling’s going to fade.

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Some of Fiat heir Lapo Elkann‘s sprezzatura seems to have rubbed off on the car, which is crafted with more care than the competition.

Just as Lapo, who hand a hand in the model’s revival, is always stylishly turned out, our pistachio-colored Cabrio with its natty brown and cream leather interior was very well-tailored.

Some of Lapo Elkann’s sprezzatura seems to have rubbed off on it

That’s another design detail drawn from the original, and the effect as ever is artfully retro without delving into gimmickry, thanks to the heritage backing it up.

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Pictured here in front of Portland, Maine hotspot El Rayo Taqueria, it made the scene in style wherever we ventured, with plenty of pep to get us there.

Pictured in Portland, it made the scene in style wherever we ventured

We detect Lapo’s hand as well in the 500,000+ ways to customize the car, including 14 paint colors in various finishes, three different cloth top colors and various interior options.

He was never one to wear the same thing as everybody else….

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