• Apr 7th 2008 at 1:27PM
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What the heck is a Fiat BTM? That was the question on everybody's lips – ours included – when the news broke of comedian Jerry Seinfeld flipping a 1967 Fiat last week. The car was reported as a Fiat BTM, but nobody had any idea what a Fiat BTM is. Which makes sense, because such a car never existed. A note from Jean Jennings, editor of Automobile magazine, clears up the confusion.

The car in question was actually an original 1967 Fiat 500 – the inspiration on which outgoing Alfa Romeo designer Frank Stephenson drew for the new 500. Reports that Seinfeld "flipped" the Fiat were also apparently exaggerated, as the incident amounted to little more than the car turning on its side. The classic little Cinquecento is a popular car among celebrities; Seinfeld is joined on the star-studded owners roster by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and recording artist Tina Turner, to name just two. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Automobile magazine]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This guy is an unfunny Dick!
        • 7 Years Ago
        "I'm not a racer, that's what's so insane about this."
      • 7 Years Ago
      And the reason he flipped it? Apparently, on the FIAT America site, it was reported both Seinfeld and Jay Leno both purchased vintage Fiat 500's from a California dealer several weeks back. Seinfeld's staff also ordered a shop manual for the car, but apparently he was in a rush to test it out, before the shop manual arrived and the car could be checked out. Untested 41 year old brakes...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually saw Jerry Seinfeld last friday in Charlotte for his stand up comedy. He mentioned it and said that it was exagerated. Really funny!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe you should thank Seinfeld for the "tip."

      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about the perfect picture!!! Granted, a CGT is quite a bit different than a 500, but perfect none the less!
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