Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
While it was hard for the Italian carmaker to build a better success than the Fiat 501, it tried with the 502; a model introduced in 1023.
One year after the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini took the Italian government, Fiat introduced a model built on the foundation of the 501. It was bigger and offered in a few body versions to fit everyone’s needs.
The 502 tried to move away from the harsh lines of its previous models. The hood was no longer built with straight lines, and the car was able to carry its occupants without suffering from rain. The car was available as a sedan, torpedo, limousine, cabriolet, and coupe-de-ville. It featured closed side panels from the grille to the back of the car, with doors. Unlike other cars from that era, all four doors were front-hinged instead of rear-hinged ones. It was a safety measure. At the back of the car, the carmaker installed the spare-wheel.
The passenger area was fitted with front and rear benches for up to six occupants, depending on the body version. For the coupe-de-ville version, the rear seats were covered and separated by the driver with a window.
Under the hood, Fiat installed a 1.5-liter engine that offered 23 hp. It was paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox and sent the power to the rear axle via a driveshaft.