Lot 136 - 1968 Fiat 124 Coupé
|Odometer reading||35,000 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,000|
Renowned motoring Journalist LJK Setright praised the then new 124 Coupé highly, commenting that the steering is light and uncannily precise, and the chassis was decades ahead of the competition. "What a force for good was Fiat in those days! The 124, pioneer of load-dependent anti-lock braking, was imperturbable. The elegant S1 124 Coupé had unbelievably good roadholding."Autocar also exposed that "Seldom have the Autocar staff been so unanimous of their praise of a car" further saying "handling and roadholding set new standards". These were the first cars to receive the now legendary Lampredi twin cam engine. They also had double wish bone front suspension with anti-roll bars and front and rear and disc brakes all round. The early S1's as this one is, had a different rear suspension set up than later cars in the shape of torque tube to the rear diff and an anti-roll bar. This resulted in exceptional handling there was virtually no body role.
A beautiful and totally original early series one 124 Coupé presented in white with the optional five-speed gearbox and lovely red interior which is in very good condition.
Completely original and a one owner car with 56,000km (about 35,000 miles) that has spent its entire life just outside Rome, largely unused for the last 30 years and was kept on axle stands. Although it was used as the wedding car for the owner’s son’s wedding in 2014 for which it was partially recommissioned for. Now fully overhauled, all suspension, outer anti-roll bar bushes and ball joints replaced, new front shock absorbers, cambelt and tensioner, front calipers, all oils, engine, gearbox and diff, brake fluid and coolant changed and new tyres. This lively and rare Fiat offers great handling, stylish Italian design and just simply a joy to drive. This car is being sold with a NOVA and would need to be registered with the DVLA by the new keeper.
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