Published on May 5th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Fiat 124 Sedan, Still A Handsome Sedan
Presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Fiat 124 Sedan had great success in the early ’60s and was awarded European Car Of The Year in 1967.
Fiat loved the 124 and the Fiat Group President, Avv. Agnelli said at a time,”the 124 has always got so many satisfactions to Fiat”. Simple, reliable, with low maintenance costs, the 124 had adopted a right winning formula for sales success, the same for more successful future models in the group.
The sedan version was presented in May 1966 and was built for some 8 years to come, until Autumn 1974.
The early Fiat 124 had a very strong 1197cc engine good for 60bhp. Mated to a 4-speed gearbox with stopping power coming from four Bendix discs brakes, a luxury at that time and even missing with many modern subcompact cars today, the Fiat 124 battered her own era competitors for many years.
In 1968, a special edition 124 was introduced with little changes. It came with more power, four front headlights, bigger bumpers, radial wheels and new improved interior. The engine was the same of the previous Sedan, with rods & hairsprings slide valves gear but now sporting 1438cc. This 124 had the same 4-speed gear box and new mechanical refinements allowing it to reach a top speed of 150km/h.
Malaysians at the time loved this Fiat sedan at the only competitor was the legendary Ford Escort from England.