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Fiat 131S Supermirafiori, 1978 | by Kompressed
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Fiat 131S Supermirafiori, 1978

Sold in the US from 1974 till 1984, when Fiat left the North American market, the 131 Supermirafiori featured 1.4 and 1.5 liter 4-cyl engines, making 77 and 95bhp respectively. This is a Series II car, which came out in 1978. The US-spec Series II 131s retained the round quad headlights, while in other markets the Series II 131s gained single rectangular headlights, not too different from ones seen on VAZ 2104′s.

 

Fiats of this era have been criticized (specifically by the hosts of a certain UK-based television programme) as being especially prone to rust due to the Soviet steel used in their construction, which is cited as often starting to rust before it was even stamped into body panels. Even so, I’m a huge fan of 1960s and 1970s Fiats, and would love to try one of these.

 

Curiously enough, Polski Fiat was the lone Socialist-bloc manufacturer to license a midsize sedan from Fiat (most other licensed Fiats tended to be from smaller segments).

  

Seen at the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals 2012.

 

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Taken on May 19, 2012