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Fiat 128
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Fiat 128/Nasr 128. 1969–2009 (prod. 3,107,000 approx. incl. 330,000 Sport Coupé and 3P, plus 255,110 in Argentina). 2- and 4-door saloon, 2- and 3-door coupé, 3- and 5-door estate. F/F, 1116, 1290, 1302, 1498 cm³ (I4 OHC). After experimenting at Autobianchi, Fiat followed suit with a new front-wheel-drive compact range for the 1970s. Modern OHC engines, excellent handling, though not the best reliability. Boxy styling for saloons, though Sport Coupé, launched 1971, was more curvaceous. Larger engine initially for 128 Rally, a stripped-down and striped sporting version; the engine found itself in Sport Coupé, then the 128 Special, an upscale four-door model. Five-door estate (128 Rural) in South America. Sport Coupé replaced by boxier 3P, with rear opening door, in 1975. Frequent freshenings, in 1972, 1974 and 1976. Iava, sporting saloon version for Argentina, from 1972 to 1977; facelifted Europa launched in 1978. Moretti offered additional variants, as did Zastava. Italian production to 1983. Argentinian production at Sevel, of Super Europa 1300 and 1500 with final facelift, to grille similar to that of Fiat Uno (146), to 1990. Egyptian assembly at El Nasr till that firm’s closure in 2009—that model was largely a facsimile of the last Italian one.

Manufacturing locations: Torino, Italy; Caseros, Argentina; Casablanca, Morocco; Bogotá, Colombia; Cairo, Egypt

Marque: Fiat | Predecessor: Fiat 1100R | Successors: Fiat Ritmo, Fiat Prêmio

q.v. Zastava 101


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