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1959 Fiat 500 Funny Car by Legacy Innovations - Click above for high-res image gallery

Okay, this is so awesome it hurts. The guys at Legacy Innovations took a perfectly lovely but woefully underpowered 1959 Fiat 500 and turned it into a Fiat 7,000. The Fiat 500 is an iconic car, one with tremendous nostalgic charm, but it was never really much good as a car until they redid it a few years ago. So although we might love the little 500, it doesn't provide a very good platform for what the Legacy Innovations guys had in mind for it – namely drag racing.

Easy fix though. They broke out the torches and gutted it. They basically removed all of the weak stuff and replaced it with a full-on 4130 chrome molly tube chassis, hinged the body in true Funny Car fashion and dropped in a 725-HP 427 small block. The body was kept relatively stock, save for the hood cutout, but they still managed to mount a pair of Hoosier slicks in back and still had room for wheelie bars that extend out far enough to effectively double the length of their little 500.

No word on how quick this baby is in the quarter, but we bet it's quick enough to embarrass just about anything else coming out of Italy. It's cars like this that make the trip to SEMA totally worthwhile.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      THAT is so FRICKIN COOL! Well done.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tiny, tiny car: Check
      Absurdly huge engine: Check
      Life insurance policy up to date: Check

      Ok, sounds good to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm trying to figure out where the driver's legs go. It seems like the they might have to go under the oil pan!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now someone needs to do a Peel P50 with an LS9.

      • 5 Years Ago
      reminds me those high CG pull-back cars I had when i was a kid...when you whind it up all the way it does STAND STILL BACKFLIPS!!!

      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car, and for one reason above all else: being beaten by a Fiat 500 in a drag race could be just about THE most humiliating thing ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      725 HP in a car with a 72.4 in wheelbase and the aero stability of feather.... NO THANKS.

      Probably gives the word "squirrely" a whole new meaning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will probably roll back on itself upon any start.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly, until I opened the gallery and saw the wheelie bars which extend a whole car length behind the back!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that is cool. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH MAN! LOL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Instant. Wheelie.

      LOVE IT!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a waste of a good motor. I don't think it would make it down the quarter mile.
      It would be like when dodge tried to drag race the mitsubitchy colt. so many of them wrecked because of too much power in such a short wheelbase car. This is uglier than
      the old colts. I did not think that was possible. This whole mess of fiat and chrysler is a disgrace. I hope they both regret it soon. Back in the muscle car days chrysler was a proud company now they are fiats bitch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya done now? Kthx.

        Now back to awesomeness!!
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