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Catalina Island: 1965

Catalina Island: 1965

My sister and me, riding away on rental bikes on California's Catalina Island in June 1965. Kodachrome slide by Dad. View full size.

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Paper thin metal

I had a Multipla in the late 70s. Like the Tardis it was somehow bigger on the inside than it was on the outside. Alas it was made of paper thin metal and once the bottoms of the doors had rusted they became extra bendy allowing the front doors to pop open even easier. Security? Just prise the door handle off the front door and open the lock with a pair of pliers. They are of course now collector's items (because most have completely rusted away).


These things were rare even in the brief period when the 500 and 600 sedans flourished...the whole lot quickly vanished from American roads due to their pathetic spare parts supply here.

There was one in my high school's parking lot, owned by identical twins who lived in the boondocks and carpooled a full load of people from their neighborhood. With five or six teenagers aboard, the vehicle presented an oddly military appearance...there was no alternative to all hands sitting rigidly upright, like a half-track load of Wehrmacht. Whoever got to sit with the spare tire could hardly walk on debarkation.

As an incidental feature, the car gave them numerous days off; the lifespan of its drive axles seemed to be about two weeks.

Bring a Fiat

Been visiting this site for years but never created a login until I saw links to Bring a Trailer. Been on that site for years and it is the only reason the first thing I noticed in this pic is the Fiat.

More 600

I thought the vehicle looked familiar. Just read about one for sale a month ago. Nice interior shots in a couple of links:

My Sister and Me

Subjects of non-finite verbs, verbs not carrying tense (riding), take a subject in the objective case.

The rule comes down from Latin indirect statement, probably.

Fiat 600 Multipla

Produced from 1956 to 1966. Judging by the taillight design and rsyung's year, I'd venture to say this is a '56. In the photo below, in the side views, the front looks like the back and vice versa. And what about that crazy door arrangement! Top speed of 57 mph, 0-50 in 43 seconds (ahem), and 32 miles to the gallon. Sat 6 people on a 79" wheelbase. And we thought Chrysler invented the minivan.

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