You Probably Can't Guess Where the Fiat 600 Multipla's Spare Tire Goes

It's not in the trunk. There is no trunk.

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The original Fiat 600 Multipla is a masterpiece of packaging—a tiny, rear-engine car offered with seating for six. To maximize usable interior space, the Multipla doesn't have an actual trunk. Instead, there's a parcel shelf over the engine bay with extra luggage space taken up by those optional third row seats.

This doesn't leave a lot of room for a spare tire, but this remarkable vehicle was designed in the 1950s, long before Fix-a-Flat and run-flats. That meant Fiat had to get clever with where the spare tire goes, and I bet you won't figure it out. Under the floor? Nope. Outside the car somewhere? Keep trying.

Give up yet? Check out the picture below.

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Yep. That's the spare tire wrapped up in a vinyl cover in the front passenger footwell. I have never seen this on any car before. It makes the spare tire stuffed into the engine compartment of an old Subaru seem totally conventional.

I discovered this unique quirk of the Mulitpla while perusing on Bring a Trailer today. So, don't feel bad if you didn't know where to look for the spare.

Now, enjoy this lovely cutaway illustration of a four-seat Multipla, and try to ignore the fact that in it, your feet are the crumple zone.

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