Fiat-128

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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.

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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.

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Fiat 128 Sport L | 1974


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.