Tom Hanks' Tweets Get Him a Beautifully Restored Fiat 126p

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

If you follow actor Tom Hanks on Twitter, you’ll know he frequently gets “new cars.”

Much like his personality, Hanks doesn’t take social media too seriously and often shares lighthearted, silly posts. Sometimes it features gloves, sometimes shoes, and oftentimes it’s him posing next to a car claiming it’s his newest addition. They’re never actually his cars, but some Polish car fans recently gifted him now he can say this restored Fiat 126p is his.

Philanthropist Monika Jaskólska has, for many years, been raising funds for the Bielsko-Biała Paediatric Hospital, and after seeing Hanks tweet out several photos next to a Fiat 126p, she decided to get Hanks one for his 61st birthday. The idea for the project revolved around charity and was supported by a number of individuals and companies, including Rafał Sonik, who funded the car. BB Oldtimer Garage took care of the restoration, while Carlex Design gave it a brand new interior. Both companies contributed to the project free of charge.

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One nice touch in the cabin from Carlex Design are the buttons and switches that resemble those of a typewriter, as Hanks loves collecting typewriters.

The car was used for the Bielsko-Biała for Tom Hanks charity event, which attracted a few thousand car enthusiasts, according to Carlex Design. All the funds raised during the event went on to benefit the Bielsko-Biała Paediatric Hospital.

“It took us three weeks to work out the car’s interior, including the designing stage; the entire initiative involved eight people, including our jewellery atelier artists, who were involved in the process. Mastering such parts requires precision and diligence. The project was of extreme importance for all us, and we put all our energy and effort into it,” admits Tomasz Krawczyk, Carlex Design Sales Department Manager.

I got a new car! Hanx

— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) November 18, 2016

I’m so excited about my new car!! Hanx.

— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) November 2, 2016

So excited about my new car! Hanx

— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 29, 2016

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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