Monday, August 3, 2015

Cheap And Scrappy: 1978 Fiat 128

The Fiat 128 was a front-wheel-drive economy sedan designed by by Dante Giacosa (Fiat Topolino, 508C, 1400, 1100, 850, 500C) and is considered by many to be the grandpappy of today's basic FWD sedans.  Other OEMs had dabbled in front wheel drive (Saab used a wacky engine backwards on top of trans, Citroen's engine mounted behind trans, and Mini's engine/trans shared sump.) but the Fiat 128 was arguably the first major production car to use a transverse front-engine front-drive mounted just above and ahead of the unequal length front axles layout that just about every economy car uses today.  Find this 1978 Fiat 128 offered for $850 in Palms, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Sean C.


If the Fiat 128 was good enough as a daily driver for il Commendatore himself, then it should be good enough for anybody.  Perhaps that isn't entirely true, because a guy like Enzo Ferrari probably didn't get in trouble if he was 30 minutes to work twice a week because his old Fiat wouldn't start...but maybe you work from home...



The 128 used a 1.1 liter inline-4 that pushed 64 horsepower and 64 ft-lbs of torque into the front wheels.  It won't thrill anyone with speed and this one hasn't been on the road since 2011...so you've got some work on your hands.


 See a better classic from the late 70s for cheap? tips@dailyturismo.com

28 comments:

  1. I think this was posted on the wrong site. It says "bring a trailer" in the ad.
    Might as well add another zero to the price over there as well.

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    1. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM

      Don't forget the random stylistic comments: "We'd paint the lugnuts a shade of ochre, refurbish the faded lettering around the cigarette lighter, and enjoy as is!"

      Then come the comments:

      Commenter 1: This hunk of sh## is not BaT-worthy....I'm going to go commit hari-kari on the hood of my barn-find 356 Speedster.

      Commenter 2: THIS IS RANDY'S SITE AND YOU SHOULD THANK GOD EVERY DAY HE LETS YOU VISIT IT AND IF HE SAYS IT'S BAT WORTHY IT IS, NOW BOW TO YOUR RANDY-OVERLORD!

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    2. Which gives me an idea....we should have "post like BaT day" around here one day. Could be fun.

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    3. I thought that the original two dudes sold out to a Malaysian venture capitalist firm a few years ago. I swear I read an article about that, but can't find it now.

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    4. i blurped out some gassy Neptunian garble re other car site not far into the most recent DT Radio podcast #3 that nobody but stalwart K2 has commented on, just sayin' :.(

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    5. Ummm, I would have listened to it, but my Internet is broken.

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    6. I love the post like BaT day! I am in.
      Like BaT, you could wait a few days after holding this and any other comment I make for months, and then when I get tired of that and say I am done with you BaT.........., you could erase the comment before anyone could see it. I told them they have lost their base and they erased that too, but suddenly since last week there are many cars on trailers. Foget bout it.

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    7. It was well worth listening to, that's for sure!

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    8. It's on my todo list once I get back to civilization.

      - Gianni Smoke

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    9. I, for one, do not want to be anywhere near a "randy overlord". If I drop my keys, I'm kicking them all the way to the car.

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    10. Good one K2, even if it did probably send Stan off the deep end.

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    11. "Comment voted not constructive"

      (by Stan)

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    12. It's worth noting that I had nothing (directly) to do with the pissing off of Stan.

      In other news, I once lusted after a 132. But that's between me and my blind, mute, limbless therapist named Lucky.

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  2. Get it running and you could be the star at your local C&C meet.

    - Gianni in a forest fire

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    1. Yeah, wind changed direction this afternoon and I no longer feel like in vacationing in a smoker.

      - Gianni The Brisket

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  4. While living with my GF i helped her find a real nice one owner Olds Cutlass was a pretty nice car, a few years later we went are seperate ways on friendly terms. She traded the Cutlass for a Fiat 128 i warned her not to it and a month later the the Fiat was doa and was sent to bone yard !

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  5. That rear window looks like it will blow out @ anything above 50 mph !

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  6. Hey..............waitaminute.....Sean C reported this to BOTH sites. Just who is this mysterious Sean C, and what kind of car finding whore is he anyway? You need some website monogamy man!

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    1. I seem to remember that monogamy was once fashionable in low-end British classics, but the high-end stuff all had burled walnut.

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    2. Bob, I'm knot going to listen to any more of your tree jokes. Wood you like it if I started barking puns at you? Don't be a little beech.

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  7. Thanks you guys for posting about Barbara's car! Hopefully this vehicle gets rehomed.

    Added a few extra pics to the listing. Nothing super major. I really appreciate it DT

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  8. Color change from old lady maroon to old lady beige? Never saw that one before. The early cars were more charming with their chrome bumpers, but cool never the less. At least it's a 2 door!

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