A Tale Of Two Fiat 128 Hatchbacks: One Goes To Loving Home, One Gets CrushedMurilee Martin10/18/09 3:00pmFiled to: Found on CraigslistFiat 128Junkyard FindFiatRetro1970smalaiseMalaise Era1974 Fiat 128 SLFiat 128 3PSan Francisco34EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA couple months back, I found a 1974 Fiat 128 Sport Coupe while searching for likely Project Car Hell candidates. Only 500 bucks, and the listing included those three magical words: Ran when parked!Even though I live in a parking-challenged downtown neighborhood and have maxed out my off-street parking with several cheap heaps, I really really really wanted to go over to San Francisco and buy this car, that very minute (the listing included the ominous words "MUST SELL THIS WEEKEND"). My parents bought two brand-new 1973 128 sedans when I was 6 years old, and at the time I thought they were the most awesome-sounding motor vehicles on the face of the earth. In fact, the engine noise produced by those Fiats may have been what turned me into a car freak at an early age (I choose to not dwell on the fact that both cars were completely kaput within several years and sent my parents scurrying back to Detroit iron for the next decade). Foolishly, I decided that buying a Fiat wasn't my best move, and I never called the seller.