Fiat 124 Sport Coupe – Series II 1971

Specs

Brand

Fiat

Transmission

Five-Speed Manual

Model

124 Sport Coupe - Series II

Fuel type

Petrol

Year

1971

Exterior color

Red

Mileage (km)

113

Interior color

Black

Engine type

1600 / 2 carburettors

Price

 17.500

Power (kW / HP)

81 / 110

Fiat 124 Sport Coupe – Series II 1971

The History

Aimed squarely at those drivers who wanted something sportier than its 124 family sedan and needed the practicality of room for four passengers, the Fiat 124 Sport Coupe provided an unbeatable combination of technological refinement at an affordable price. The Sport Coupe appeared in the spring of 1967, following the debut of the 124 Spider by several months. Both were based on the 124 sedan, which had won European Car of the Year honors on its introduction in 1964, but upped the ante with their increased power, improved handling and greater degree of comfort.

Fiat hired Pininfarina to design the Spider, but went in-house for the Sport Coupe’s lines, handing the job to Mario Boano. Starting with the sedan’s 95.3-inch wheelbase but a clean sheet otherwise, Boano created a simple, sophisticated shape dominated by a tall greenhouse that provided excellent visibility and reasonable rear headroom for two adults. From its pretty twin headlamps and uncluttered grille, the body’s lines swept cleanly to a squared-off tail decorated with a pair of unpretentious horizontal taillamps.

Fiat initially gave the Sport Coupe the same four-speed gearbox used in the sedan, but the five-speed from the Spider had become standard equipment by 1969. The 124 sedan’s chassis was already regarded as one of the most modern and refined on the market, with wishbone independent front suspension, a live rear axle located by parallel trailing arms and a Panhard rod, and a power-assisted disc brake at each corner. Turin’s engineers tweaked the suspension for Sport Coupe duty by increasing the spring rates all around, fitting a thicker anti-roll bar at the front, and adopting 5-inch rims.

The first version of the Coupe, called the AC, was supplanted in 1971 by the BC, marked by its quad headlamps and restyled front fenders. Fiat did away with the earlier car’s torque tube and rear anti-roll bar, but compensated by making a longer-stroke, 1,608cc version.

Production of the Sport Coupe ended in 1975, with nearly 280,000 built.

Today, any Sport Coupe is a rare sight.

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