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Fiat 850/Neckar Adria (Progetto 100G). 1964–73 (prod. 2,203,380). 2-door saloon, 2-door coupé, 2-door convertible. R/R, 817, 843, 903 cm³ (I4 OHV). Follow-up to successful Fiat 600 (1955–82), plugging the gap between that model and the 1100. Same basic body structure and elements of the platform were taken from the 600 as a starting-point, for economic reasons. Squared-off front end, outer panels of the doors were redesigned, and a rear tail to aid aerodynamics (even if it made access to the rear engine less convenient). Longer than 600 by 360 mm (with a 3,575 mm length), and donated its improved doors to the earlier model. More modern dashboard and an improved heating system. Engine developed from 600, but with a new head and camshaft, and an increase in capacity to 843 cm³, though a 817 cm³ unit was created for the US. Coupé and Spider introduced Genève 1965, the latter designed and built by Bertone and replacing the Autobianchi Stellina; both had more power than the saloon. Revisions in 1968, with a more refined 850 Special replacing the Super. Coupé restyled, with four round headlights up front, with an increase in engine capacity (to 903 cm³) and power (52 PS), and now called 850 Sport Coupé. Spider also gained the larger unit, becoming the Sport Spider, but with fewer stylistic changes outside. Saloons replaced 1971, coupé and convertible lasted till 1972 and 1973 respectively. Also made at Neckar (formerly NSU–Fiat) in Germany, and a licensed version, the SEAT 850, appeared in Spain.

Manufacturing locations: Lingotto, Torino, Italy; Grugliasco, Torino, Italy; Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Marque: Fiat | Predecessor: Autobianchi Stellina | Successor: Fiat 127

q.v. SEAT 133

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