Libyan leader (ex-leader?) Muammar Qaddafi apparently had some unusual items in his personal collection. Rebel forces stormed his compound this week, and we now know he had a scrapbook dedicated to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, lots of weapons and, oddly, a doorless, all-electric Fiat 500 (similar to the model shown above).

According to Corriere Della Sera ( Google translated version), Qaddafi had "many" electric cars, and the Fiat 500 was converted to battery power in 2009 by Castagna of Milan, Italy. Aside from the powertrain swap – giving the 500 a 34 kW electric motor with two "mammoth" batteries that offer a range of 260 km (160 miles) – the "mysterious client" who ordered the car demanded:

"Interior cream with green trim, sandy-colored soft top, green and gold bodywork. ... on the left upright, a back-lit image of the Lion of the Desert, on the A-pillar on the right, a circle with the symbolic representation of the Libyan society. On the nose, instead of the Fiat brand, a logo with the black silhouette of Africa, with Libya highlighted in green [Note: this translation has been slightly edited].

Sounds intense, so it must have given the anti-Qaddafi forces quite a thrill to drag the 100,000-euro custom ($144,000 USD) through the streets as a spoil of war. Corriere Della Sera hints that this particular car might live a nice second life – once it's repainted. Check out pics of the actual car being pushed through Libyan streets at the link below.

FIAT 500 Information

FIAT 500

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