Fiat has traveled to this year’s Paris Motor Show to introduce a new crossover called 500X. The 500X is heavily inspired by the current 500 hatchback, which in turn borrows styling cues from the original 500. To pay a homage to the car that started it all, the company is displaying the wood master body that served to make the dies for the 500 that was introduced in 1957.
Made out of solid mahogany, the 500 resides in Fiat’s Centro Storico in Turin, Italy, a stone’s throw from the automaker’s headquarters. Fiat sometimes sends older models from its collection to press launches and other similar events but the wooden model pictured below is very rarely seen in public.