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Better yet, a production version will follow

Better yet, a production version will follow.

Abarth 500C (above) and Punto Evo (below right) – Click either for high-res image galleries

2010 Fiat 500 Abarth - Click above for high-res image gallery

Fiat 500 C – Click above for high-res gallery

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Fiat 500C

After a brief tease, the convertible version of the retro-cute Fiat 500 has been revealed before its official upcoming Geneva Motor Show debut. Taking a cue from the Cinquecento of yore, the canvas top slides back to open up a view of the sky yet leaves the outer portion of the roof intact, helping maintain body rigidity. Although the design does appear to limit rearward visibility somewhat, the boot gets to maintain its top-up storage capacity.

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Fiat 500C

Click above to view the Castagna's 500-based Tender Two in high resolution

The only thing that could possibly make the Fiat 500 any cutesier than it already is – short of a Hello Kitty sticker job – would be to turn it into a convertible. Castagna tried its hand at just that with the unique Tender Two concept, but the latest batch of spy shots indicate that Fiat's own is getting closer to completion.

You knew it was strictly a matter of time. AutoExpress is reporting that Fiat intends to bring a convertible version of its popular 500 micro-car to Geneva in March. The only vehicle that has the potential of challenging the MINI's cuteness and flickability will come with a soft-top that will attempt to keep the bulbous rooflines of the coupe model, complete with a glass rear window and doors that are fully framed. But Fiat isn't stopping there. To challenge the Cooper S, the automaker also plan