Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Trends & Finds

Summer Car Crush

I first saw this car when on honeymoon in Capri and ever since, when I see it, I can’t help but be whisked back to those balmy Mediterranean nights where the Campari flows and the bustle of the Med during summer relaxes and energizes you all at the same time.

With it’s wicker seats and striped canvas canopy this cute little car became known as ‘La Spiaggina’ in Italy and the ‘Jolly Le Plage’ in France.  Created by Fiat, Turin’s famous car-design house – the car was elusively produced between 1958 and 1974. It was made famous because the Greek shipping magnet Aristotle Onassis would jump around the hilly Med seaside with one every summer.

There has been some recent attempts to revive it by customising the modern Fiat 500 however, I’m still a fan of those wicker seats and the loose canopy.

Ah, you know you’re knee deep in Sydney winter when a little cane seated Fiat “broom broom” calls for you in an Italian accent to come join it for an aperitivo! Take me there…


Anthony Spon-Smith