In 1971, Fiat introduced the small family car as the successor to the 850. The car became a revolutionary success story and a sales success. The Fiat 127 was chosen as the car of the year in 1972 and the one million car sold was already reached in 1974. The recipe for success was literally “The revolution that led from the front” and familiar from the Fiat 128 introduced three years earlier: Front-wheel drive, engine and disc brakes on the front and four-wheel independent suspension. The engine was a familiar from 850: Four-cylinder, peppery and economical 903 cc petrol engine.
Modern front wheel drive technology and engine in front allowed for a sensible and ample interior space for small exterior dimensions. In addition to the modern angular lines, the body designed by Pio Manzu had smart solutions, such as placing the spare wheel in the engine compartment and opening the”clamshell” bonnet from behind. Shortly after the introduction, a truly three-door version of the body, initially introduced with a small tailgate, was introduced, and the large tailgate allowed the rear seat to be turned over and carry larger items.
In 1974, the Fiat 127 Special was introduced. The interior was more refined than the basic model and the body was finished with a redesigned grill, rubber bumper ends and rubber side moldings. The dashboard and steering wheel were redesigned. Practical equipment included a reversing light, button-operated windscreen washers and a two-speed heater fan.
In 1977, the second generation of the Fiat 127 was introduced, with numerous of small reforms: the car’s lights, bonnet with air intake, grill and bumpers, among other things, gave the car a modern look again.
This car was bought as new by T. Kauppinen from Hyvinkää on October 1, 1981. Shortly after acquiring the car, Kauppinen retired and due to the owner’s health problems, the car was mainly parked in the garage of his house and driven only few times in year. However, the car was inspected annually until 2014. The car was parked in the garage until fall 2021 when we bought it and collect it from the same garage where the car was very mostly been since 1981. In 40 years the car was driven less than ten thousand kilometers!
The car still has its original very first Pirelli Cinturato P3 summer tires with DOT 02/81. The DOT of Gislaved studded winter tires is 06/80. The car is rust-proof as new. The seats and steering wheel have had guards and are still like new. The car is in its original condition and in its first paint. Couple dents in the tailgate. If the buyer so wishes, the trunk can be refurbished.
The car has been refurbished between fall 2021 and beginning of 2022: The carburettor has been refurbished and the engine valves adjusted. The fuel lines have been cleaned and refurbished. Ignition parts have been replaced. Coolants and brake fluids have been changed. The accessory belt has been replaced. The brakes have been opened and repaired with repair kits. The winter tires have new inner tubes.
A unique time capsule.
The car was inspected in January 2022.
The car is located in Helsinki, presentations by appointment.
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