Tuesday, April 8, 2008

More Fiats in the News - Jerry Seinfeld Rolls a Fiat 500

Although we have no intention to make this an "all Fiat" website, there are times when you just can't resist.

It was reported that Jerry Seinfeld "flipped" one of his vintage cars this past Saturday evening (March 29th), while driving in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY). Since Seinfeld is well known as a "Porsche Guy," it seemed likely that his accident was in one of them. (Before we go any farther -- we should probably state that the actor/comedian wasn't injured in the accident.)

As the story unfolded, it was determined that he was driving a 1967 Fiat BTM. The brakes failed and the car flipped when he swerved to avoid oncoming traffic.

It makes sense...until you start trying to figure out what a Fiat BTM is. It turns out there is no such vehicle. (Don't bother looking it up -- multitudes of car guys have beaten you to it -- burning up countless Google search hours.) Then it was speculated that the car was a Fiat Dino, maybe a modified Bertone model from Torino -- BTM. Sounds logical, but it still isn't the truth.

It seems that the Times got it wrong, AP reported it incorrectly, and...surprise...even the Post got it wrong.

So, who got it right? Newsday and Automobile both reported that Seinfeld had his mishap in a 1967 Fiat 500. Imagine that -- a billionaire, with a fleet of Porsches, drives around in a Fiat 500.

And when interviewed about the accident, Seinfeld's response was:

“Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do,” he told The Associated Press. “It is not something I plan to make a habit of.”

Maybe we can get to like Jerry after all.

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