Last Friday, after years of anticipation, I picked up my new Fiat 500.
My Fiat Studio was Fiat of Larchmont; whose owner is no other than Alfredo Gulla. Mr. Gulla, or Alfredo, is well known in the Fiat world. He became a Fiat dealer in 1963 and stayed one until Fiat left the country in 1984, at that time he was their biggest dealer.
Alfredo was also an Abarth dealer in the 1960's and has his original dealers license signed by Karl Abarth.
I don't know what was more exciting, picking up my new car or talking with Alfredo. It was an absolute treat to talk with him. We reminisced and talked about the past, but also about the promising future.
My Fiat 500 Prima Edizione was covered and unveiled by Alfredo. It couldn't get any better than that.
We were given a tour of the new Fiat facility, which will be open in the near future. The original Fiat facility (Alfredo's Foreign Cars) was recently renovated and has some impressive memorabilia, including cutaway engines and an original US spec Fiat 500.
My car was perfect and looked fantastic. I drove home knowing that, with Fiat of Larchmont and Alfredo Gulla, I'm in capable hands. I can't wait to stop by when the studio is finished and pickup some accessories!
Give Fiat of Larchmont a call - 914-834-4222
I started this blog two years ago to chart the progress of the Fiat 500 as it made its way to the United States. Along the way, we've examined the history of the company and the technology that has gone into making this award winning car.
Now that the 500 is here, don't think we're done! With new Fiat 500 models coming out, like the 500c, 500 by Gucci, the Abarth and, just maybe, the Coupe Zagato, we'll have plenty to talk about. And I won't forget Alfa Romeo, one of my all time favorite marques. I will keep a keen eye on the new Alfa Romeo, which promises to be the best one ever; the company is committed to that!
Two years ago, Fiat entered into an alliance with Chrysler. The two companies have worked side by side to produce the 2012 Fiat 500, a car that is indeed the evolution of the 2008 European Car of the Year. The car has been updated and improved in every way.
This partnership, which is characterized by mutual respect and appreciation for each other, will be in full bloom when we see the new Chrysler models that will arrive at the end of this year.
Stick around, because this is only the beginning...