Westrand Car Show - 1973 Fiat 126

Fiat 126

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The Fiat 126 was a small rear-engined Italian car which replaced the famous Fiat 500. It was first built in 1972. Production ceased in Italy in 1993 and in 2000 in Poland, where most of the Fiat 126 were built.

A total of 4,673,655 units were built. Apart from Poland and Italy, the car was assembled in several plants in Europe and sold under various brand names. It became an icon in Poland and was known as “Maluch” which means “The Little One” or “Baby”

Westrand Car Show - Fiat 126
Fiat 126

The 126 was never as popular as the Fiat 500 in Western Europe because, after the launch of the Mini Minor in the UK, rear-engine small cars lost their charm. Despite that, the Fiat 126 was one of the last rear-engined cars built in Europe, along with the VW Beetle.

Westrand Car Show - Fiat 126 p
Fiat 126 p

The Fiat 126 had engine sizes ranged from 594cc to 704cc and was replaced by the Fiat Cinquecento and the Fiat Panda.

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Image Attribution
Fiat 126  – Tony Harrison [CC BY-SA 2.0] – Featured Image
Fiat 126 – François GOGLINS [ CC BY-SA 3.0]
Fiat 126 p – Koefbac [CC BY-SA 4.0