TO live the good life, you need to either win the $20 million Lotto jackpot, or, for a lot less, buy one of the very few new Fiat 500C Spiaggina ’58 Editions.

Limited to just 30 units available in all of Australia, and 1958 worldwide, and they pay homage to the 500 Jolly Spiaggina — the first special edition series of the Fiat 500.

The wee cabrio can be had in a choice of manual and dualogic transmission and comes with about $3000 of additional design elements extending from the Lounge specification.

They’re all finished in Volare blue, run on 16-inch vintage design alloy wheels, have a white ‘beauty line’, a chrome bonnet line, mirror covers and bumper inserts, a Spiaggina ’58 badge on its shapely rump and beige soft top.

Inside are striped seat inserts with ivory highlights, 500 logo and piping and branded front and rear floor mats.

Spiaggina relates to ‘beach’ or ’shore’ and Volare, for folk who are not pasta lovers, translates as ‘to fly’ – which you might have to do if you want to secure one of these rare beauties.

They cost $25,990 for the self-shifter and $27,490 for the dualogic jobbie, both powered by Fiat’s 51kW 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine.

“We’re excited to celebrate the history of Fiat’s very first special edition series with the arrival of the Fiat 500C Spiaggina ’58 Edition,” Fiat Australia’s Fulvio Antonelli said.

“It combines an eccentric Volare blue exterior with vintage design elements to really turn heads.”

Eccentric blue?

Non importa.

What matters is that in the Volare, with the top down, on a balmy evening by the sea shore you can sing in the glow of a star that I know of, where lovers enjoy peace of mind, let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind.

Just like bird of a feather, a rainbow together we’ll find.

Well, it worked for Dean Martin.

The Fiat 500C Spiaggina ’58 will feature a standard 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including Bluetooth, USB and aux-in ports, rear parking sensors and automatic climate control.

It’s the latest in some 30 special editions across Fiat and Abarth in the past 11 years, exploring everything from fashion and luxury to yachts and connectivity.

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.