Fiat 124 was introduced in the mid-60s. It was manufactured into several versions, which included the sedan and the station wagon variants. A convertible sports car and a coupe version also came out. The design of the 124 was done by well-known automotive engineers and designers, giving it a more distinct look and character for a Fiat. Some of its models and versions also became a collectible.
1966-1974: Fiat 124 Sedan and Station Wagon
Fiat came out with a mid-sized family car known as the 124. It was manufactured from 1966 through 1974. The sedan was a replacement to the Fiat 1300 and 1500. When it debuted in 1966, the 124 had a remarkable publicity stunt, with a car being dropped from a plane through a parachute. The station wagon was later unveiled in the 1967 Turin Motor Show, along with the 124 Sport Spider and Coupe.
Oscar Montabone was the chief engineer who developed and designed the 124, equipping it with an all-synchromesh gearbox from the 1500. It had a roomy interior, disc brakes on all wheels, and advanced coil spring rear suspension. The 124 was also constructed to be light. In 1967, it was named European Car of the Year.
1966-1980: Fiat 124 Sport Spider
The 124 came out with a 2+2 convertible sports car called the Sport Spider, which was produced and marketed from 1966 till 1980. Pininfarina handled the design and marketing of the car body, while the design of the convertible body was done by Tom Tjaarda. The design was derived from previous works on the Chevrolet Corvette Rondine and Ferrari 275 GTS. A Fiat Spider 2000 was launched in 1981, which marked Pininfarina’s 50th year. The sports version of the Spider was released in 1972, a car with power rated at 128hp. Models sold were called 124 CSA (C-Spider-Abarth). Along with the Pininfarina 50th (Golden) Anniversary Edition, this was considered a collectible among Fiat enthusiasts.
1967-1975: Fiat 124 Coupe
The 124 Coupe had an 8-year run, from 1967 till 1975. This coupe version spanned three generations. It was Aurelio Lampredi, a former engineer of Ferrari, who designed the four-cylinder, twin overhead cam engine. The first generation was initially equipped with 1,438 cc engine. The engine in the second generation featured 1,608 cc and 1,592 cc in the third generation. Eventually, this was increased to 1,756 cc. Mechanical work included a 5-speed gearbox, power brakes, disc brakes for each wheel, and a double wishbone front suspension.
The coupe was a three-box notchback. This Fiat 124 version’s design came from Mario Boano, who was behind the bodywork of the Ferrari 250 GT Boano. The 124 Spider and Coupe had the same platform as the Sedan. Over the years, several revisions and upgrades were done on the coupe version. The engine was modified and improved, along with other vital components for better performance.