I saw this Italian Fiat 500 nicknamed Il Topolino in Napier yesterday at the garage where I have my car attended to. Unfortunately I didn't pop in and ask what year the car was from. I shall try and find out but I know that this particular Fiat model was one of half a million manufactured between 1936 and 1955. So that narrows it down a bit. Actually having said that, this particular shape finished in 1949 and I would hazard a guess that this is an earlier rather than a later model citing in support the lack of thin chrome bumpers on a 1938 model.
Topolino means "little mouse" in Italian. It is possible that the name came from Micky Mouse who was also known by that name.
The car was one of the smallest cars made at the time and was also one of the most popular cars around that size.
Presumably I have seen one before but I have to confess that if I have I can't ever recall it. Despite the number made and it's popularity, information I've gleaned from the web would suggest that it is relatively rare.
I think it is one of the prettiest cars I have ever seen.