1966 Fiat 500

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's an Italian machine that befuddled my new neighborhood a few weeks ago.

Illustration for article titled 1966 Fiat 500

Yes, it's the Veggie Mobile! How? Why? What does it mean?

Illustration for article titled 1966 Fiat 500

Since Fiat made the 500 from about the time of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus until last month (actually 1957 through 1977) and didn't make many year-to-year changes, I'm forced to guess the model year of this one; the bumpers and roof seem to indicate mid-to-late 60s, but chi può dirlo?

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What I really love about Veggie Tales - and I do seriously enjoy them, but not so much since the kids are grown - is that they are hugely popular with Christians.

"So what," sez you.

Well, Veggie Tales do their thing from the Old Testament. So it's sorta Christian, mostly Judaic.

As to the Fiat, well, you'd have to be a complete vegetable not to love it. But what is up with people putting cartoons on their cars? We've got some people around here that are riding around on donks with huge stereos and Scooby-Doo on the side of the car. WTF?