Saturday, 13 October 2012

1972, Cars: Car of the Year, Fiat 127

The Fiat 127 won the Car of the year award in 1972 with 239 points. Second was the Renault 15/17 with 107 points and third the Mercedes-Benz 350 SL with 96 points.
 
Fiat's technical modernity was transferred from 128 to a more affordable segment. The 127 was the replacement for the Fiat 850. Initially only available as a two-door saloon in 1971, a three-door hatchback was launched the following year. This was Fiat's first super-mini-sized hatchback with a transverse-engine/front-wheel-drive layout, the design idea had been trialled since 1964, by Fiat's Autobianchi subsidiary with the Autobianchi Primula and 1969 Autobianchi A112.
Fiat 127 series 1: 1971-1977
Fiat 127 series 2: 1977-1981
Fiat 127 series3: 1982-1983
 
The 127 used the 903 cc overhead valve engine, that powered the Autobianchi. The 127 was produced between 1971 and 1983 (series 1: 1971-1977; series 2: 1977-1981: series3: 1982-1983)
Second place Renault 15/17
Third place Mercedes-Benz 350 SL
Launch Advert
Series 2 British Advert

Australian Advert (1976)
 

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