Fiat 1200

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Fiat 1200
Fiat 1200 Convertible 01.jpg
1959-1963 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1957–1963
Designer Luigi Rapi (Trasformabile)[1]
Pininfarina Coupé and Cabrio
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Powertrain
Engine 1,221 cc I4
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Length 3,921 mm (154.4 in)
Width 1,460 mm (57 in)
Height 1,492 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight 880 kg (1,940 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat 1100
Successor Fiat 1300/1500

The Fiat 1200 was introduced in Turin Motor Show in November 1957 and is prized by collectors for its cuteness.[2] The 1200 Fiat or Granluce Fiat 1200, was intended to replace the Fiat 1100-103 TV - Turismo Veloce. The 1200 was equipped with a new engine of 1,221 cc, developing 55 PS (40 kW). The 1200 saloon/berlina was based on the Fiat 1100 which visually it closely resembled.

Based around this engine, Fiat introduced at the same time the cabriolet version called "Trasformabile", the natural successor to the Fiat 1100-103 Trasformabile.

Fiat 1500 S Coupé, with the O.S.C.A. twin cam engine

The 1200 Trasformabile was replaced in 1959 by the Pininfarina designed Fiat 1200 Cabriolet. In November 1959, this also became available with an O.S.C.A. built twin cam engine of 1,491 cc, developing 80 PS (59 kW). This model is called the Fiat 1500 S Cabriolet. In 1962 this engine was replaced with an O.S.C.A. 1,568 cc twin cam four with 90 PS (66 kW) (100 hp gross). This body continued to be built as the 1200 was replaced by the 1300 and 1500, albeit with a modified front end.

The 1200 Granluce was cancelled in September 1961, when the new and more modern 1300 took its place.

Approximately 400,000 copies of the Fiat 1200 were built until 1960, when Fiat presented the 1100 and Special Export.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1958 FIAT 1200TV Spider". bonhams.com. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  2. ^ Sass, Rob (2009-06-28). "The Fiat Offers Italian Flair at Blue-Collar Prices". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30.