The Fiat 125 is a saloon car introduced by Fiat in 1967 and produced by them until 1972. Derivatives were built under license outside Italy until the 1990s. The car was unusual in blending saloon car passenger accommodation with sports car performance, a combination which would be more widely adopted by the European volume auto-makers in the decade ahead.
In 1968 the 125S ("Special") was added to the range, with 100 bhp (from a modified cylinder head, camshafts, inlet/outlet manifold and Weber/Solex carburettor) and, unusually at this time, a five-speed gearbox. It also had one of the worlds first intermittent wipers, halogen lights, servo-assisted twin circuit brakes and optional superlight magnesium wheels. A variety of other improvements were made including improved cabin ventilation, trim and styling.
The 125 was praised when new for its handling and dynamics. British Autocar found the slight understeer tendencies were easily cured by adjusting the front camber. The Special was facelifted in 1971 using pretty much the same trim as the 125S, but both front and rear lights were new and wider, enhancing the visual width of the car. The interior gained upgraded upholstery of the seats and a wood facia. A three-speed automatic transmission as well as air conditioning became available as an option.
This 1971 Fiat 125 Special shows one previous owner on the V5C but appears to have been taken off the road in 1978 and stored for most of its life. There is no history with the car but it has survived well in storage and was recommissioned just over a year ago and is MOTd until May when the new VHI rules come in and it will no longer require an MOT. The car is described by the vendor as being in lovely order with none of the usual rust issues. The paint is said to be excellent, as is the interior and upholstery. The car is an excellent runner that starts first time and goes incredibly well with the 1600cc twin cam engine and 5 speed gearbox. No money is needed to be spent on the car for it to be enjoyed. A Fiat 125S is a very rare find but one in the condition is a one off.
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