Fiat 124 Sport 1972 – USA

W magazynie Car and Driver z 1974 roku możemy odnaleźć jedno z najlepszych podsumowań modelu: „Dzisiejsze ulice wydają się nosić tylko dwa typy samochodów: te, które są stworzone w celu zapewnienia przyjemności z jazdy lub te, których celem jest komfort i użyteczność. Ale ten Fiat szczelnie wypełnia tę lukę.” Fiat 124 Sport, bazujący na popularnym sedanie, zaprezentowany został po raz pierwszy w 1967 roku. To dwudrzwiowe Coupe otrzymało silnik zaprojektowany przez byłego inżyniera Ferrari Aurelio Lamprediego, który w pierwszej serii nazwanej AC miał pojemność 1,4 l, stopniowo powiększaną z upływam lat, aż do wersji 1,8 litra o mocy 116 KM. Egzemplarz wystawiony na aukcji to okaz z 1972 roku, który dostarczony został jako nowy samochód do Detroit w USA. Wyposażony został we wszystkie ulepszenia roku modelowego 1972, wykończony w klasycznej włoskiej czerwieni z czarną tapicerką. Przebieg ledwie ponad 50000 mil, aluminiowe koła Cromodora, sportowa kierownica i jeszcze klika oryginalnych akcesoriów od Abartha, dodają mu smaku. To świetna okazja, aby sprawić sobie kawałek prawdziwie włoskiej motoryzacji za ułamek ceny Alfy, Maserati czy Ferrari. Fiat wyceniony został na 18000 – 24000 dolarów, czyli około 64000 – 86000 złotych, a licytowany będzie bez ceny minimalnej już 2 października w Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.


Link: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24308/lot/316/

Lot 316¤
1972 FIAT 124 SPORT COUPÉ
Chassis no. 0191930
Engine no. 060674

US$ 18,000 – 24,000
PLN 64,000 – 86,000
To be sold without reserve

COLLECTORS MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
2 Oct 2017, 14:00 EDT

1608cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder
Dual Weber Carburetor
104bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual
Independent Front and Solid Axle Rear with Transverse Panhard Rod Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Disc Brakes

*Three owners from new
*Delivered new to the U.S.
*Tasteful, Abarth upgrades
*Reasonably priced la dolce vita!

THE FIAT 124 SPORT COUPE

The 124 Sport Coupe and Spider were derivatives of the popular 124 sedan. Introduced in 1967 and late 1966, respectively, the two-door 124s didn’t hit U.S. soil until 1968. Given the 124’s desirable handling qualities, the transition from practical to sporty required little more than some bodywork changes and performance upgrades—the chassis had already proved its mettle.

The Sport Coupe retained the sedan’s wheelbase, it was 3.3 inches long and 8.3 inches wider than the four-door—but with less interior space. Power would initially come from a 1.4 liter four—up from the sedan’s 1.1 liter, but the engine would grow to 1.6 liters in 1972—still with twin cams in alloy, cross flow cylinder heads fed by a single Weber carburetor. Suspension required little improvement—it was independent all around and well regarded, and discs at all four corners were unique for a car of this cost—usually they were only found in the pricier models.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The wild popularity and much longer production run of the 124 Spider has made Sport Coupes like the offered example a relative rarity. This example was delivered new through Imported Cars of Royal Oak to Charles Davis of Detroit, Michigan on March 30, 1972. Featuring all the upgrades of the 1972 model year, along with the stylish, creased coachwork that echoes the looks of much more expensive cars, this 124S is finished in classic Italian red paintwork over black trim.

Acquired by the seller, the car’s third owner, a decade ago, it continues to show well today. Various Abarth bits have been included, such as the alloy four-lug Cromodora wheels, sporty steering wheel, and a few performance modifications to the engine and suspension while Ansa exhausts peek out from under the rear bumper. The just over 50,000 miles on the clock are believed to be original and while it has been repainted it is understood to be otherwise original. The cosmetics show nicely on the car and rust—a perpetual worry with 124s—is understood to have been kept at bay. Inside the lucky occupants are welcomed by a beautifully detailed interior with all the correct details down to the Pioneer AM/FM/Cassette radio.
A rare chance to acquire a 124 Sport Coupe, much less one as nice as this, offer the opportunity to enjoy true Italian motoring at a fraction of the cost of an Alfa, Maserati or Ferrari. This car is accompanied by its original warranty card, service manual, U.S. instruction book, and various period and contemporary road test reports on the model.