Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1968 Fiat 124 Sedan

Here's something you don't see very often... A 1968, rust free, 35,000 mile, Euro-spec, Fiat 124 sedan.

Introduced in 1966, the Fiat 124 was a pretty conventional front engine / rear drive car. With its roomy interior, rear coil spring suspension and 4 wheel disc brakes, it received critical acclaim and won Europe's "Car of the Year" award.

Available initially as a 4 door sedan, Fiat eventually introduced a station wagon version along with the 124 Coupe and 124 Spider, which were based on shortened sedan platforms.

Over 1,500,000 124 sedans were built in Italy by Fiat during its 8 year run. If you add to that the number of 124s built by other manufacturers, Lada most notably, the number rises to close to 4,000,000. (Besides the Russian Lada version of the 124, this car was built in Spain, Turkey, South Africa and Yugoslavia.)

Of the 1.5 million 124s built in Italy, very few survive. These cars were Fiats, and rust took its toll pretty quickly.

This car appears to be an extremely nice, unrestored survivor. According to the seller, this car was brought to the US by a collector who never drove it. He doesn't say how long ago that was. The seller is the third owner.

There are all sorts of ways to tune old Fiats to make them faster, handle better, etc., etc. If you buy this car, please resist the temptation to do that. Everything about this car is so original, so old-school Fiat, that it would be a shame to change it. This car is a remarkable piece of history.

Located in Toluca Lake, CA, find the Craigslist listing here.

3 comments:

Perthling said...

Actually, the Spider was built on a shortened floorpan but the Coupe had the same wheelbase as the sedan/wagon.

Just A Car Geek said...

You're right. I stand corrected.

Thanks for the info!

Dave

Anonymous said...

I actually own one of these, never seen another on the road!