I love the Fiat 126 in a way that I can’t quite explain. Luckily, I have this excellent video to help me with it, wherein one 126 owner decides to show off his car to his skeptical buddy and breaks down twice before even making it onto the highway.
The man being impressed is old Top Gear writer (now Grand Tour writer) Richard Porter and the man attempting the impression is Fifth Gear host Jonny Smith, who owns the car. Porter notes that the car’s headliner is a carpet; Jonny notes that the car is somehow both like a worse version of the VW Beetle, but also oddly more charming.
Watch as first the car loses all drive to its air-cooled two-cylinder engine mounted in the rear, then the car suffers a brief but seemingly total brake failure. The two occupants had barely gone five miles.
I want one of these cars. I want one desperately.