Fiat's Fastback From The Seventies Is Awesome

Powered by a 1.1- or a mighty 1.3-liter engine, the Fiat 128 Sport Coupe was anything but powerful. Still, with a curb weight of 1797 lbs and the compact dimensions thanks to a shortened 128 sedan's (you know, like the Zastava!) platform, this turns out to be a very desirable classic.

When it was launched in 1971, only the 1116 cc SOHC four-cylinder was available producing 63 horsepower and 61 foot pounds. Later on, you could also buy it with a 1290 cc and 74 horses. Enough for 99 mph while maintaining 30.3 mpg with a lighter foot.

The coupe was replaced in 1975 by the 128 3P Berlinetta, a three-door somewhere between a hatchback and a shooting brake. If you can find one (3P or Coupe) which wasn't destroyed by rust or racing, go for it. It'll be worth it.


Fiat's Fastback From The Seventies Is Awesome

Photo credit: Georg Schwalbach