VITAL STATS

Fiat 124 Coupe

Ferrari designed Italian Coupe
Italy is known for their coupes and Fiat has been making them for over 50 years. The Fiat 124 Coupe is one such example made through the late sixties and early seventies, a great time for coupes and roadsters. The Fiat 124 Coupe was continually developed through its life time with the first generation AC models being highly revered by enthusiasts all over the world.

The is Italian classic was designed by Mario Boano who also designed the Ferrari 250 GT. The engineering of this the coupe also has Ferrari flavour with the four cylinder twin overhead cam engine designed by ex Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi.

This spritely Italian coupe was ahead of its time back in 1966 with all round disc brakes as standard and double wishbone suspension allowing the lightweight coupe to handle phenomenally. The Fiat 124 Coupe was also the first mass produced car to have a toothed timing chain instead of the usual chain drive.

Today due to all Italian cars Achilles heel, being corrosion the Fiat 124 Coupe is a rarity with as little as 250 left in the UK.

LOREM IPSUM

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LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
SPECIFICATION

Specification Fiat 124 Coupe

Years Produced1966 - 1975
Performance0 - 60mph 10.5 sec/Top Speed 115mph
Power & Torque 118 bhp / 113 lb ft
Engine1438 cc four cylinder 8 valves
Drive-trainFront engine RWD
Transmission Four/Five speed manual
Weight 980 kg
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH

Valuations since launch for the Fiat 124 Coupe

 Launch201020112012201320142015
Concourse£1,298.00£3,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00£15,000.00
Excellent £1,500.00£3,000.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£7,000.00£10,000.00
Good£1,000.00£2,000.00£2,500.00£3,000.00£5,000.00£7,000.00
Fair£500.00£1,000.00£1,500.00£2,000.00£3,000.00£5,000.00
A BUYERS GUIDE

Looking to purchase a Fiat 124 Coupe? Ensure you’re not buying a ‘dud’ with our buyer’s guide.

Exterior

Your main priority with a Fiat 124 Coupe is the body shell with corrosion being so prolific on the little coupe it is important you find one that has either been restored well or maintained well. The main areas when it comes to rust are scuttle and windscreen surround, wheel arches, doors and hinges, front valance, and of course sills carry a lot of the Fiats stress when cornering so make sure they are not corroded as this will weaken the car and compromise stability.

Check wheels by giving them a shake to see if they feel loose which could indicate wheel bearing or ball joint replacement.

Under the bonnet

If coolant levels have been left to fall too low this can affect the head gasket causing leaks, listen out for the fan starting and stopping once the car has warmed up to ensure its working correctly. Fiat 124 Coupes can suffer with hard water deposits so if you live in a hard water area used distilled water in the car. Inside the car check for leaks or stains on the carpet under the heater matrix due to a faulty heater also check heater sliders and pipe valves as they tend to corrode.

Mechanically keep oil and filters regularly changed with the cam-belt replaced every 25 thousand miles. The twin cam engine will last a long time with regular servicing so bare this in mind.

Make sure you check all switch gear inside the car to make sure everything is working correctly and make sure you test drive the car and listen for any vibration or whining.

The car should also come with full documented history and thoroughly examine this before making a purchase, good luck!

INSURING A Fiat 124 Coupe

At Heritage Car Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  •  Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.

Annual premium – £85.50 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.

Annual premium – £85.50 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.

Annual premium – £102.65 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

*NB: All insurance quotes based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations based on an Agreed Value of £7,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out October 2016.

INTERESTING FACT

The Fiat 124 won European car of the year back in 1967 and was the first Fiat to do so. Since then the Fiat 500 has also won the accolade in 2008.

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“Car makers Fiat have been in the industry for over a hundred years now so they know a thing or two about car design and manufacture, with coupes and roadsters being their forte through the sixties with such excellent examples through that era who wouldn’t want to own a classic Fiat.”

INSURING A Fiat 124 Coupe

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