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One-Off Fiat 500c Auctioned for Charity is Big Into Leather

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/18/2015 Megan Stewart

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image In support of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe Foundation, Fiat auctioned off the first production model of the refreshed 500 during the first-ever "I Defend Gala" in Monte Carlo. This wasn't just any 500, however. As you can see, this Fiat sports a unique look that's right at home on Monaco's luxurious streets.

One-Off Fiat 500c Auctioned for Charity is Big Into Leather

This particular 500 is a convertible model finished in Bossa Nova White, and gets power from a Euro-market 1.2-liter engine. Umbrian craftsman Stefano Conticelli further personalized this special compact with a honey-gold calfskin exterior accent that highlights the wheel arches, rear light clusters, headlights, and chrome-plated whiskers. A picnic basket has been mounted at the rear and is made of the same material. The mirror domes are covered in mahogany calfskin to provide contrast.

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The first edition of the I Defend Gala featured international celebrities and artists that contribute to the defense of ethics and human rights. The gala benefited the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe Foundation, which has championed human rights since 2005. The evening was hosted by Kerry Kennedy, the President of the foundation and Robert Kennedy's daughter.

Round one of the auctions featured 10 lots, with works of art from American photographer Harry Benson, Michelangel Pistoletto, and more. A silent auction was held for the remaining 30 lots. Over 200 guests were in attendance to promote the Foundation's stance on tolerance, intellectual exchange, and freedom of expression.

There's no word on who took home the special 500, but hopefully they didn't have to drive it home and expose that soft, delicate leather to the elements. How do you like this 500's leather-bound look?

Source: Fiat

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