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.
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.