Actor Tom Hanks has taken delivery of a Fiat Maluch 126p produced in the southern city of Bielsko-Biała. Having spotted a jokey Instagram post that showed the Oscar-winning actor trying to climb into a ‘Maluch’, Bielsko native Monika Jaskólska launched a crowdfunding drive to purchase just such a model for Hanks. “When I saw him pictured next to a Maluch,” says Jaskólska, “I decided to acquaint him with the history of the car, the stories of the people who manufactured it and the town where it was produced.”
In a ceremony held at the Polish consulate in L.A., the A-list actor quipped, “I don’t know how many miles it will take on the California roads, but I’m comforted to be able to fix it with a screwdriver and a ladies’ trouser belt.” Aside from signing several autographs to be delivered to patients, Hanks is also believed to have donated cash to the children’s hospital in which Jaskólska works.
(Both photos courtesy of Monika Jaskólska’s facebook)