Fiat 128 1969 posters

Fiat 128

The Fiat 128 was a small family car manufactured by the Italian automobile manufacturer, Fiat, from 1969 to 1985. It was a technologically advanced model with a transverse-mounted engine and front-wheel drive. This layout was made possible by the use of unequal length drive shafts and became commonplace among small cars. When compared to other cars of the same era, such as the Datsun B210, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 808, and Subaru DL, the 128 was praised as a "driver's car" with "excellent" brakes and "outstanding handling" by magazine Road & Track. The 128 was the winner of the European Car of the Year award in 1970. It also featured the first all-new Fiat SOHC engine, which was an advance for its time. It had an aluminium alloy cylinder head, a direct overhead camshaft and a rubber toothed belt that was mechanically driven. The 128 was initially available in two-door sedan, four-door sedan and station wagon body styles. Later, it gained the three-door hatchback 3P version, as well as various other body styles such as the Sport Coupe, 128 Special and the Panorama small three-door station wagon. After the introduction of the Fiat Ritmo/Strada in 1978, production of all 128s except the base 1100cc-powered model ceased in 1979. The 128 was eventually discontinued in 1985. Some of its running gear and engines were also used for the Fiat X1/9 sports car as well as the Zastava Skala range of cars made by the Zastava company in Serbia. These Zastava-branded cars were still in production till recently.

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