1969 Fiat 850 2 door Coupe 847cc from North America
A fun, but vulnerable car (class <1) deathtrap
Oversteered a lot near 0.8g. Spun it sideways a few times when pushed, but controllable *abrupt. Like a wild go kart.
Halfshaft popped out of tranny several times.
Alternator/generator died at 48K.
Got over 35mpg hwy CA to NJ 2/72 kept log.
Vinyl interior oil film on windows when hot.
Engine seized at about 55,000.
My first car $1560 used at a BMW dealer when the best BMW was $5500.
Lowered it even more (Abarth) & wider alums 6" & Veith tires 13x165x70? Rubbed once in a while, so banged out the fender.
Made a nose spoiler 7" @ 45deg 3"+inches off ground.
Konis added-FIRM Top speed 101mph passenger wt =260.
Was a fun car to zip around like a madman in. Lucky to be alive from age 17-20. Almost made it in back seat.
Economy is no value for a car in hwy accidents and this would car would fold up on you. It is a dainty car and life is too short.
1971 Datsun 510 sedan in '74 for $1200 (ventura CA)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd January, 2008
11th May 2008, 13:04
Fiat 850's were in the 1960's "Bubble Car" category. BMW also had a bubble car (not the Mini Cooper) then. We are going to see a BIG revival of the Bubble Car in the next 20 years. When gas is $5+ per gallon in America, size will take a back seat. Air bags will help with safety.
In the 1960's cars had frames, while the European companies like Fiat were getting away from frames to make the cars lighter and more economical. Fiat also used a thinner gauge of body metal than the American cars of the time. Today, thin bodies are the standard. Also, most current US and Asian passenger cars have only a sheet metal pan to ride on and will as you say, "fold up." Do a search for "Smart Car" and you will see the car of the not so distant future.