RRonTV FIAT 128 SL Sport Coupe 1973 very rare model
somewhere in Italy.
From Wikipedia: The Fiat 128 is a small family car marketed by the Italian
automotible manufacturer Fiat for model years 1969--1985 in two- and
four-door sedan and three-door station wagon variants. (A five-door
station-wagon (128-Rural) was produced in Argentina from 1971 but was never
offered in Europe.) A two-door sports-coupe (128 SL) joined the range in
1971, to be replaced in 1975 by a three-door sports coupe (128 3P). Rather
than a sport or convertible model carrying the 128 nameplate, the 128
running gear and engine were reconfigured for a mid-engined layout and
marketed as the Fiat X1/9.
With engineering by Dante Giacosa and engine design by Aurelio Lampredi,
the 128 was noted for its relatively roomy passenger and cargo volume —
enabled by a breakthrough innovation to the front-engine, front-drive
layout which became the layout "adopted by virtually every other
manufacturer in the world" for front-wheel drive. Fiat promoted in its
advertising that mechanical features consumed only 20% of the vehicle's
volume and that Enzo Ferrari drove a 128 as his personal vehicle." The
model was voted European Car of the Year for 1970.
3,107,000 examples were manufactured by Fiat from 1969 to 1985, along
with worldwide examples manufactured under license, including those by
Zastava, until 2001.
Initially, the 128 was available as a two-door sedan, four-door sedan or
station wagon. The car was only available with a 1116 cc engine on launch,
though the 2-door-only 128 Rally edition launched in 1971 used a 1290 cc
unit. Also in 1971, the Sport Coupe, an all-new coupe body on a shortened
128 platform, was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show. On launch it was
available with both existing 128 engines. The 128 range underwent a
facelift in 1972, featuring a revised grille. 1974 saw the launch of the
128 Special, which used the Rally engine in a four-door sedan body. In 1975
the 128 3P (3-door) Berlinetta replaced the Sport Coupe. In 1976, the range
received new bumpers, rectangular headlights, taillights and dashboard as
well as modifications to the engines.
Production of all 128s except that of the base 1100 cc powered model ended
in 1979 after the introduction of the Fiat Ritmo/Strada in 1978. In 1980
production of the small three-door station wagon Panorama was dropped from
the range and 128 production finally ended in 1985.
Fiat 128 YAMAHA R1
Second Photo essay for the The MacGregors Foundry - BombFactory Fiat 128 -
follows the progress of fitting the 4XV Yamaha R1 and driveline in and
getting up to the first run. You can read the whole tedious buildup story
Short story - its a 1976 Fiat 128 built under licence in New Zealand -
stripped rebuilt and set up with front mounted Yamaha R1 and torsion Diff -
Next uploads will feature sound as part the lucrative sponsorship with old
man MacGregor and his Foundry & Carriage works - handy that....