Tom Hanks' fans buy him tiny car

Tom Hanks is the proud owner of a new compact car. Photo / AP
Tom Hanks is the proud owner of a new compact car. Photo / AP

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will soon be squeezing into a new car after some of his Polish fans banded together to buy the actor a Soviet-era hatchback nicknamed the "toddler".

The residents of Bielsko Biala in southern Poland bought Hanks the tiny Fiat 126p after he shared photographs of himself with several of the cars on social media last year.

The photos shows the film star smiling and pretending to unlock the cars.

In Suwalki, Poland, a Fiat 126p that fans have bought for actor Tom Hanks as a souvenir, sits on a trailer ready for delivery. Photo / AP
In Suwalki, Poland, a Fiat 126p that fans have bought for actor Tom Hanks as a souvenir, sits on a trailer ready for delivery. Photo / AP

"I got a new car! Hanx," posted on Twitter in November.

While it seemed a joke, Monika Jaskolska, a resident of Bielsko Biala where the car was produced from the 1970s, decided to organise fundraising to send Hanks one of the cars.

"I decided that I would like to acquaint him with the history of this car, stories of the people who manufactured it and the town where it was produced," Jaskolska said.

Polish racing driver Rafal Sonik also signed up to renovate the car before it was sent to Hanks.

Despite its name, some people say it is possible to fit up to 14 people inside the vehicle, suggesting 1.8m tall Hanks shouldn't struggle to get behind the wheel.


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