Ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has lost his palace, lost his country and now has lost his Fiat 500 Castagna EV.
The bespoke electric vehicle was taken from the ousted dictator’s bunker in Bab Al-Azizia, Libya. Gaddafi had almost as many flash cars as he did fancy hats but the $144,000 USD custom Fiat 500 was a little bit special. Despite being known to have business links with Fiat, the 500 was ordered through a intermediary for Gaddafi in June 2009 with a number of special requests. The Fiat had to be delivered to Libya by September that year and required custom touches including being doorless, having a two-tone paint job, a cream leather interior and wood trim. Special Libyan-themed accents also included a back-lit Lion of the Desert on the A-pillar and a silhouette of Africa badge on the front.
Powering Gaddafi’s Fiat 500 is a 34kW electric motor and two huge specially fitted batteries giving the car a range of up to 260 km on a single charge. Top speed is a respectable 160 km/h. The vehicle was also ordered with its own massive recharging system that an recharge the batteries in just 10 minutes.
It’s certainly a unique machine and one that the anti-Gaddafi rebels took much joy in pushing through the streets of Tripoli as the spoils of war. What will happen to the bespoke 500 now? Hard to say, but expect it to receive a new paint job at the minimum.