Launched in 1967 as a coupe and spider with a 90hp 1.4 litre twin cam engine, disc brakes all round a 5 speed gearbox and double wishbone front suspension. The two cars received universal praise as a nimble fun to drive sports car, the only real criticism being that they were slightly underpowered, the first revision, ‘B’ sought to answer this by the addition of a 110 bhp high compression twin carburetor 1.6 but Fiat in their wisdom ‘softened’ the suspension and changed the cars personality, this did not please everybody. In answer the third and final revision ‘C’ saw a return to the original and tighter suspension set up and further power now with 1800cc and 120bhp as well as the 1600, so the car finally had both the power and handling to match.
This most desirable third series car, first registered in April 1973, has been with just 3 owners from new. During this time the Fiat either resided in the Italian regions of Perugia or Sicily, as such all body panels are factory original and the car shows no signs of corrosion. The beautiful and original interior is finished in an unusual black and white check cloth, and the 124 was further specified with optional Cromadora 68 magnesium alloy wheels.
We understand the engine is in perfect condition, starting instantly and crisply, with rapid throttle response, excellent oil pressure, and not a whiff of blue smoke. The cam belt and tensioner have been changed and the carburettor has been cleaned and re-set. The gearbox is light and quick with no noise or synchromesh issues. The bodywork is very straight with even gaps and door shuts, the original seats are in excellent condition, the carpets are as new, and the dash is uncracked.
The 124 has benefitted from a new fuel tank, brake master cylinder and thermostat, a full service with all fluids (including the brake fluid), cam belt and tensioner bearing, also the brake calipers have been cleaned and re-sealed. The 124 will also be offered with its original full tool kit, jack and alloy spare wheel.
Fiat 124s are highly underrated cars, with light precise steering, sublime gear change, a crisp engine note and powerful brakes, and this example must rank amongst the nicest we have seen.