For some reason, American car shoppers in 1980 mostly chose Corollas, 810s, and RX-7s over Stradas, Bravas, and X1/9s, in spite of Fiat offering up to 400 bucks off the sticker price!
In 1980, Americans with a hankering for a snazzy European sedan could have headed for a BMW or Audi showroom... but those cars cost real money! Not so with the Fiat Brava (aka Fiat 131)- you could get one for $3,000 cheaper than a 320i. There must be a catch there somewhere, right?
As the descendant of the 1928 Fiat 520, the early-80s Fiat Brava (aka Fiat 131 to the rest of the world) should have been a runaway sales sensation. "Handsome and luxurious as only a Fiat can be" claims this promotional video, and who are we to argue? Only thing is, we don't recall seeing even one Brava on the…