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Tiny New Car!

If you follow my instagram they you may have seen I bought a new car! I have wanted to buy a vintage FIAT 500 for several years (see here here, and here.) A few weeks ago I found one for an extremely good deal on Ebay and usually when I find one I like they are across the country, so when I saw it was nearby it was pretty tempting. There was a steep curve learning to drive it but I think we have it down now. We had to learn a few things like the radio doesn’t turn off when you turn off the car. You have to manually turn it off so I was draining the battery without knowing it! It wouldn’t start and I couldn’t figure out why. Ha! Also, when I drive it I have to “double clutch” it. It took a minute to adjust to but now I drive it like a champ. We had seatbelts installed in the back (it’s so funny to think they didn’t even have seatbelts) so now we’ve been going on little joyrides around the city with the family. It is super fun to drive and everyone waves to you and yells “I like your car!” It is really easy to find parking so it has been the perfect car to zip around the neighborhood in.

Fiat 500 / Oh Happy Day!Fiat-500BFiat 500 Oh Happy Day

p.s.: I’m obsessed with this dress I got from Madewell. It’s the perfect dress. I like that it will transition to the cold weather nicely with a pair of tights (Holiday Parties!)

  1. Linda Grubbs

    September 30, 2013

    wow!…love your tiny car. Too adorable…just like your family. 🙂

  2. Valerie116

    September 30, 2013

    Adorable and what a great color! We live in a city and often use Car-2-Go. I love zipping around town in those tiny little smart cars, but none of them are as cute as yours!

  3. Kelly Golightly

    September 30, 2013

    SO darling! Everyone looks so happy. I’ve been dying for a vintage ride for some time now too. But I can’t drive a stick, so I’m not sure how that’s gonna work… 😉

  4. Jesse

    September 30, 2013

  5. Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl

    September 30, 2013

    Oh, she’s beautiful! We had one a few years back and we loved her so much. Custard yellow. Her name was Dinky Donut.

    There’s a little film we made of her on my blog:

  6. Becca :: Making Room in Sicily

    September 30, 2013

    We live in Sicily and these are everywhere, of course! We’ve thought about buying one and bringing it back with us… we’ll see!

  7. Kira Mead

    September 30, 2013

    Wow! That is basically the cutest thing ever, and the most perfect car for SF! You can fit in all the tiny spaces. How fun.

  8. maggie

    September 30, 2013

    Oh my gosh, that is the cutest freaking car I have ever seen!

  9. Carina

    September 30, 2013

    You could find a parking space anywhere!

  10. LJ

    September 30, 2013

    Oh my gosh. I can’t even handle the cuteness of this post! That dress looks stunning on you, and I love the picture of the four of you in your new car. I’m just dying of happiness.

  11. Andrea

    September 30, 2013

    Hi Jordan,

    I’m quite sure I spotted, and pointed out your tiny car to a friend on Valencia St. last Friday, turning left onto 18th (on your way to BiRite, perhaps?) The smallest car I’ve ever seen is, I believe, what I called it. So cute!

  12. Robyn

    September 30, 2013

    Love it!!!!!!!
    I used to have an old red mini, with go-faster white stripes…I lived everything about it- the manual windows…and all the radio quirks like your fiat! Enjoy!!

  13. elizabeth

    September 30, 2013

    i am so jealous! that is an adorable car!! and it is in such great condition.

  14. Melissa Johnson

    September 30, 2013

    Congratulations on the new wheels. Currently one of the coolest things in my Instagram newsfeed. =)

  15. Rachael

    September 30, 2013

    This is so cool. I love that you bought this. It feels like you have some mantra of doing the impossibly wonderful, because you do it so often! You must never say your dreams out loud to pessimists… that your secret? lol. Keep up posted on how you handle the tough stuff of old-car maintenance and city living. My husband has dream cars but I get so pragmatic and boring when I think about owning them.

    Thanks for inspiring everyone.

  16. Caitlyn

    September 30, 2013

    Would you mind sharing a general idea of what you consider a good price for a vintage Fiat 500? I am so in love with this car and want to start searching for my own here on the East Coast, but I’m not sure what a good price is. Thanks!

      • jordan
      • September 30, 2013

      I’ve looked at them on Ebay a lot and they tend to go for anywhere from $5,000-$15,000.

  17. Angela

    September 30, 2013

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Oh, it’s so perfect! I have a yellow vintage mini cooper and I’m totally inlove with it. I’m sure it’s a wonderful experience driving around with it and I think it’s a perfect match for you.

  18. Hiragana Mama

    September 30, 2013

    Wow, I LOVE your new car! Perfect for city living!

  19. Nicole S.

    September 30, 2013

    I drove a 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce in high school (made by Fiat), and became a pro at the radio turn-off, double clutching, and tapping the starter with a super long screwdriver when the car wouldn’t start. So crazy, and so fun! Enjoy!

  20. Annie

    September 30, 2013

    My dad had one when I was growing up. We took that car everywhere. I have the greatest memories of my child in that car. Hard to believe now, but I used to sleep in the back sit. I fit perfectly!!!
    Enjoy your awesome car.

  21. Southland Avenue

    September 30, 2013

    This car is adorable and so are you and your family! These are the cutest pics!
    ~Mary Keller

  22. Michelle @ Full Belly, Worn Soles

    September 30, 2013

    That car is so adorable and I love that your dress matches it! I love following you on Instagram.

  23. Ashley

    September 30, 2013

    Beyond adorable, Jordan. It just goes to show you that if you want something for long enough it may become yours. Congrats. Happy driving!

  24. Erica

    September 30, 2013

    It’s the best. Perfect for you……fits you all the way.
    I’m glad I talked you into getting it. haha

  25. Bel

    September 30, 2013

    ohh so gorgeous, my dad has a white one and he drove me to the church in it on my wedding day. They are the best little cars and seem to make everyone smile as you drive along! Enjoy!

  26. tara

    September 30, 2013

    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!! That car is so freaking adorable!! I love it! I’m so jealous. It’s just so cute! Ahhhhhh! It looks sooo fun to drive!

  27. KATHIE

    September 30, 2013

    I just bought a 2012 Fiat 500. It hasn’t changed much from yours. I love it but where I live everyone drives pickup trucks. They ride right on my rear end but I don’t care. It is so cute and I haven’t been able to get out of the gas station for under 30.00 in a long, long time.

  28. loulou

    September 30, 2013

    That just might be the cutest car I’ve ever seen! Good for you 🙂

  29. Franca Bollo

    September 30, 2013

    Congratulations. I learned to drive in a Fiat on the rice levees. I miss driving a stick. Bring your little cinquecento to Nob Hill to really test your clutch skills! The acid test is getting stopped mid block on Taylor in between Bush and California and then going forward without stalling or sliding into the car behind you. I used to be able to negotiate this monster with one hand on the gear shift and a latte in other while working the break and clutch.

  30. churyl

    September 30, 2013

    I knew it! I saw you and your son and fiat on Linden Street in Hayes Valley. I was like, I know those faces…it’s that Happy Day family! Sooo Cute!

    So curious, where did you move to? I keep looking for some reference somewhere, but all I could find was that you bought a place. East bay? SF?

  31. Erin

    September 30, 2013

    Is it a manual? I’m having heart palpitations thinking of driving a stick shift in SF! Is it scary on the hills?

  32. Abbi

    September 30, 2013

    Gorgeous! We have wanted one since living in Italy. But I am dying for one in yellow ochre. I think we missed our chance since we now have three kids. Enjoy and maybe you can learn to wrench on it yourselves when needed.

  33. Paulette Leto

    September 30, 2013

    That really is adorable! I can’t imagine buying a car on eBay, but I suppose it’s really no different than getting them directly from someone else any other way. I’m just used to buying from dealers, even though I know you pay more that way. At least I have the security of a warranty.

    Still, that looks like just the right car for you! And the dress goes with it perfectly as well. 🙂

  34. Rhonda

    September 30, 2013

    This car suits you!! Love it!!!!


  35. bp

    September 30, 2013

    Your life is chock full o’ cute!!!

  36. jennifer

    September 30, 2013

    Yay! It looks great! I cannot wait to see you out and about!

    xoxo from lower pac heights.


  37. Alessandra

    October 1, 2013

    good choice!!!! (said by an Italian !!! ;oD)
    xxxxx Ale

  38. Claudia

    October 1, 2013

    Old Fiat 500 is sooo nice, but I was wondering how did you do with the exhaust emissions? Did you change it?


  39. meg

    October 1, 2013

    What an adorable little car!

  40. samantha hahn

    October 1, 2013

    Ahhhh so ridiculously adorable. You, the car, your family…the whole package. XO.

  41. Katie Evans

    October 2, 2013

    You and your little car are so stinkin’ cute.

  42. jen

    October 2, 2013

    this car, your family, so freakin adorable!

  43. portlandsun

    October 2, 2013

    this is really special. love it. super cute! enjoy!

  44. Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

    October 2, 2013


  45. Margie

    October 3, 2013

    ACK!! This is amazing and looks SOOOO fun!

  46. Angel

    October 4, 2013

    You are too funny- first a vintage photobooth and now a vintage car.

  47. Bridget

    October 4, 2013

    AWWW this is the best

  48. saretta

    October 13, 2013

    My mom had this car and often I sat behind with a lot of bags of groceries!
    I loved it so much! ♥ Enjoy !

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