Friday, October 28, 2011

2 Pure Italians and 1 Italian / Polish Mix in New Jersey

1976 Fiat 126p "Polski Fiat" - What a cool car to find in North America.

The Polski Fiat 126p was an incredibly popular car in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe. Built in Poland under license from Fiat, FSM (the Polish manufacturer) built over 3 million between 1973 and 2000.(That's almost 3 times as many as Fiat - who discontinued it in 1993 - built of the 126. ) The car was improved over the years and by the time FSM stopped producing it, it was as modern as a 27 year old car could be, with an improved engine, stronger body structure, improved trim and even a catalytic converter.

The seller of this one leaves very little information, but based on the pictures it looks to be in very, very nice condition.

Located somewhere in Northern New Jersey, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1966 Fiat Giardiniera - This is a Fiat 500 station wagon. Most station wagons are just sedans with a wagon back grafted on to them. The underpinnings ans drivetrains remained the same. Fiat couldn't do that with the rear engine 500, so they made some significant changes. The 499 cc, 17.5 HP engine was laid on its side under the floor of the cargo area to create a flat loading surface. The air intakes, which were on the engine cover on the sedan, were moved high up on the rear quarter panels. Fiat also upgraded the brakes and rear suspension.

The seller of this Giardiniera gives a lot of information about the car in general, but almost nothing about this specific car, other than that it was "remodeled" (I assume he means restored) about 8 years ago. Based on the pictures, it looks to be in great shape.

Now that Fiat is selling the new 500 in North America, there's renewed interest in the original 500. If you're looking for a 500 that's different from most of the cars you'll see at car shows, this car is worth checking out.

Located in Bergen County, NJ, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1987 Alfa Romeo Milano - I know what you're thinking. I'm going to go off on a spiel about how I owned one of these, how it was my favorite car, etc., etc. Nope. I'm not. If you want to read all that just do a site search for Alfa Milano.

Nothing drives quite like a Milano (known as the 75 in most of the world). The engine is a gem. It's balanced and handles superbly. It's roomy and comfortable on the inside.

Red is my favorite color for an Italian car, but on the Milano black is a very close second. All Milanos have a black body accent strip high on the fenders, doors and quarter panels that follows the contour of the body. It breaks up the lines of the car. When painted black the accent strip blends in a bit, giving the car a cleaner look.

This Milano looks to be in very nice condition. The seller, who describes himself as an "enthusiast", says it's never been driven in the snow. It has just 85,000 miles on it.

The seller is asking $3200.00 for it. There are very, very few European sedans that are as fun to drive as the Milano that can be found for that kind of money.

Located in Essex Co., NJ, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Dan for sending me the links to these cars!


Anonymous said...

As to the Alfa. Often I read "well known issues, should be sorted by now". I don't see that when looking at Milanos. Love the cars. Other than rust are there known issues that can and more importantly cannot be sorted?

Matt Cotton said...

I'll take the Alfa! That's serious "I've lost my mind " money for the Fiats!

m4ff3w said...

Rust doesn't seem to be an issue on Milanos, although I am in Texas.

The biggest issue would be purchasing a clutch kit - they aren't cheap. Other than they are are pretty darn solid cars.

Electrical gremlins - but everything from Italy has those. Mine didn't have many issues there.

The Bosch EFI system is solid.

tylerb said...

When I was in Poland I loved being surrounded by countless tiny Fiats! People just pulled them right up to park on the sidewalks. They called them "mallows". I came pretty close to bringing one home with me.

Anonymous said...

I had Giardiniera once. Got it by drinking from a stream in the woods. I do not recommend it.