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From the Archives: 1961 Fiat Multipla 600
While Chrysler is given credit for introducing the minivan in the fall of 1983, small passenger-carrying vans were introduced in Europe long before Chrysler's popular people mover. None was more popular than Fiat's 600 Multipla, produced from 1956 to 1965. And as the photos show, while Chrysler gets credit for its Stow and Go seating system, the engineers at its current partner Fiat conceived the idea back in 1956.
At the Saturday morning Cars and Coffee show in Irvine, California, there was a 1961 Fiat 600 Multipla in attendance, the same morning I attended in the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, giving me the opportunity to shoot both together.
Also included in this photo album are scans of an English-language Fiat 600 Multipla brochure illustrating all the unique features of what might be the most space-efficient vehicle of all time.