In 1975 Fiat replaced the original 128 Coupé Sport body with a new hatchback shape, known simply as the Fiat 128 3p (for tre
porte / three doors). Look at these fancy seat covers! Engine by former Ferrari designer and later Abarth racing manager Aurelio Lampredi. Maybe that was the reason why even Enzo drove a 128 as his personal vehicle.
Short cars for short days, pt. 3 (see No. 1 here, No. 2 there)
When square was hip: Fiat 128 Rally, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1971. It featured a 1,290cc engine
that produced 67 horsepower, alloy wheels, sport trim and a set of
rally lights. The original 128 Rally like this one here didn’t make it to the United States.
Racing stripes, toggle switches and bucket seats. Elected European Car of the Year in 1970, the Italian-made Fiat 128 was a functional and economical car for the masses. The 128 was a front-wheel-drive test bed for Fiat. It was equipped with a transverse-mounted engine and gearbox which has since become an industry standard configuration for most compact front-wheel-drive cars. Innovations aside, premature engine wear due to poorly designed oil distribution took most 128’s off the road long ago.
This one bravely defies the odds, street-parked in the Mission District. San Francisco, CA.