In the 1960s, Fiat technical management demanded that the columns be redone, but general staff hesitated; why risk major changes if they endanger the reputation of the manufacturer because of a poorly understood technical problem?
Therefore, in 1964, we hand over the Autobianchi Primula to remove the plaster. It is the first Fiat group car front wheel drive. Despite concerns about keeping away, Fiat launched the compact in 1968, 128; then it was the 127th turn in 1971.
Passing 850, 127 takes what made 128 successful: a transverse engine with a front wheel drive, an independent suspension on four wheels and front disc brakes. The engine is 903cc from the 850 Sport Coupé.
But what we see in the design of the car is that more than 80% of the necessary amount is stored for passengers; layout similar to Alec Issigonis’ Mini.
Inside, the layout reads well, works well and without eccentricities. This first series of 127 has no tail; will arrive in 1973.
147 sections of 127
In 1975, Fiat sold a 5-door version of 127; it is actually SEAT 127. In 1977, 127 underwent major overhaul and they had a new 1049 cc engine with 50 hp, baptized in Brazil, as it came from the Brazilian subsidiary Fiat Automóveis and installed the local Fiat 147.
In fact, Italy 127. In 1978, Fiat released 127 Sport; its benefits? Engine that reaches a peak of 70 hp with colors defined as daring: black, orange… steering wheel, exciting dashboard and rear spoiler.
127 becomes an array
In 1980, Fiat introduced versions with a 45-hp diesel engine: the Fiat 127 D and the 127 Panorama (a 40-centimeter extended recess), both on the basis of the Brazilian Fiat 147.
The Brazilian subsidiary also produces “Rustica” intended for the domestic market equipped to deal with roads and scratches. A small “Fiorino” pick-up (first name) is imported into Europe.
In 1982, the third column of 127 reached the market but was not very popular. In addition, Uno arrived in 1983 and installed the 127th unified version for Europe and Latin America. The sports version is now 75 hp.
Cache 127 full of examples
The best-selling car between 1973 and 1978, 127 saw its European career come to an end in 1987, but was manufactured until 1995 in Brazil and Argentina. In total, about 8 million cars will be repaired.
The Fiat 127 will have other names, other than the Fiat 147 of Brazil and SEAT 127 in Spain; it will also be called Zastava “Koral” in Yugoslavia (from which “Yugo” 45 will come from) and 127 in Poland. And it will take two cars to replace it: Panda and Uno.