The first generation of the Fiat 600

The first generation of the Fiat 600 can be considered the first “modern” city car of the FIAT brand: unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955, it was fitted with a 0.6-liter four-cylinder engine (mounted in the rear position) capable of generating a power of 21 hp.

Born to replace the obsolete 500 “Topolino”, it was slightly modified in 1957 (power increased to 22 HP and descending rather than sliding windows). In the following years there were further increases in power: 24 hp in 1959 and 29 in 1960 in conjunction with the launch of the D version. The last significant change came in 1964 with the doors hinged at the front.

The Fiat 600 is universally recognized as the car that motorized the Italians, but thanks to the numerous variants produced under license abroad it has also seduced many foreign motorists, especially in the former Yugoslavia (thanks to Zastava) and Spain (Seat).

 

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FIAT 131

The Fiat 131 is a family sedan manufactured and marketed by Fiat from 1974 to 1984 after its debut at the 1974 Turin Motor Show. Available as a two-door and four-door saloon and 5-door estate across a single generation, the 131 succeeded the Fiat 124.

The 131 was also marketed as the Fiat Mirafiori, after the Turin suburb where the cars were manufactured. Initially, the 131 was offered with 1.3 L and 1.6 L overhead valve engines and the range received revisions in 1978 and 1981. Production reached 1,513,800.

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550 Italia…unique prototype

Fitted with a Ferrari F136FB V8 engine, the carbon fiber shelled FIAT ‘550 italia’ concept car by Lazzarini design, will be a one-off production.

To accommodate the high performance motor, its stock front engine, rear seating and all of its back package has been removed. as well as this, the original wheelbase, measuring 230cm, has been increased by 35cm in order to provide aligned transmission. the automobile itself is 35cm wider at its rear and around 25cm fatter in the front, when compared to the ‘cinquecento’. transferring more than just a prancing horse’s motor, the vehicle also includes their gearbox, transmission and suspension-including rear-block. weighing 500kg lighter than the standard model.

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FIAT 1100 T

Fiat 1100 T, the vans in history, one of those vans that has traveled our roads for many years, even after 1971 when they stopped producing it.

Presented by the “Fiat commercial vehicle division” in 1957, it mechanically shared a lot with the Fiat 1100/103, it was initially equipped with a 1089 cc engine.

 

 

It immediately became one of the best-selling vans for a good number of reasons, for a certain mechanical and body strength, for its appearance, undoubtedly and aesthetically very pleasing.

His peculiar qualities, in addition to those already indicated, were a good capacity despite the not powerful engines, a robust frame.

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THE 850 FAMILY

The Fiat 850  is a small rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car manufactured and marketed by Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1964 to 1973.

FIAT 850

 

The one-off prototype based on a FIAT 850 Sport Spider chassis and mechanical components, the special body build by a small carrozerria Guinsella, this was a vision of Roberto Chiappini for a low production small sports car but never comes true except this one example, the interesting designed ultimate rare FIAT still exists today in mid condition as you see in this picture:

The 850 family:

 

The 850 family included several body styles sharing core technical components:

  • Fiat 850 Special — Revised version of the 850 sedan, launched in 1968. It shared the 47 hp (35 kW) engine of 850 Coupé, and offered front disc brakes, sport steering wheel and improved trim. With a 25 percent increase in power, plus disc brakes nestled behind 13″ wheels, it was a “sport sedan” in the vein of the BMW 2002, albeit on a smaller scale.
  • Fiat 850 Familiare — The Familiare was a boxier and slightly larger successor to the Fiat 600 Multipla. It featured space for seven passengers in three rows, suitable for groups including children and thin adults, but is too small to accommodate seven typical adults in comfort.
The 850 Familiare continued in production till 1976 long after the saloon version of the 850 had been replaced by the Fiat 127. In 1976 the Fiat 900T was introduced, retaining most of the body panels of the 850 Familiare, but featuring the 903 cc engine from the Fiat 127 (although, in this application, still mounted behind the rear axle): the 900T benefited from significant enhancements in 1980, being now renamed 900E. At least in the UK the 900 series camper vans were badged as FIAT Amigo. Production stopped in 1985.
  • Fiat 850 Coupé
  • The Coupé was introduced in 1965 at the Geneva Motor Show and had the original 843 cc (51 cu in) engine producing 47 hp (35 kW). The maximum speed at that time was 135 km/h (84 mph).

 

  • Fiat 850 Spider
  • At the same time as the Coupé, Fiat also introduced the convertible sporty two-seater Spider, with the original 843 cc engine tuned to produce 49 hp (37 kW) which allowed it to reach a top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph). The body was designed and built by Bertone in its Grugliasco, Turin plant. The folding fabric roof stowed under a rear metal body panel. The Bertone design featured smooth, simple lines and details, including recessed headlamps equipped with plexiglass covers angled to match the adjacent fenders/wings — and dihedral side panels similar to Bertone’s 1963 Chevrolet Testudo.

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FIAT Panda Story

The Fiat Panda is one of Fiat’s most succesfull cars, and is considered by many to be one of the best citycars of all time.

In the summer of 1976 Fiat gave the then newborn Italdesign, founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aldo Mantoani, the ideation of the car’s design, which was completed in a few weeks with the initial name of “Zero”. Shortly after, the two designers began to collaborate with the FIAT technical office, where the design of the front-wheel drive chassis, signed “Progetto 141”, was launched, which was expected to be particularly complex, given the initial requests to be able to mount the different engines from the 126 and the 127, on 3-door and 5-door car bodies. The 5-door solution was later abandoned.
The Panda’s design was very simple and basic, but also modern for the era, and is considered by Giugiaro himself to be his best work. It was a brave idea. It had to be for everyone, with a 3-door body with two volumes 338 cm long, but above all 146 cm wide and 145 cm high, with proportions built on the essentiality of the overall dimensions, with strictly flat crystals to reduce costs and then futuristic solutions , like the classic handles replaced by a recess in the doors, which was later adopted in 1983 by Fiat’s own 3-door Uno.

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