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Fiat 124 (1966 - 1974)

Last updated 6 April 2013

 
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Solid, great to drive and well-engineered
People will think it's a Lada 1200

Introduction

The Fiat 124 was a well-engineered, cleanly-designed saloon that was practical, useful and good to drive. With disc brakes all round, pin-sharp rack-and-pinion steering and a rear axle well located on coil springs it had a good specification that outpointed rivals such as the Ford Escort Mk1.

Of course, the Fiat 124 suffered from the usual Fiat rust problems, but mostly by growing up to become the basis of the long-running and - until recently - much-derided Lada range. Revvy overhead-valve engines are even impressive in base 1200 form, but the Special T is the one to have. Sold in the UK from 1971, the Special T was powered by a 1438cc twin-cam engine, upgraded to 1600cc from 1973. It was - and is - as good to drive, despite the way it might look.

 

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