1972 Fiat 850 Review

1972 Fiat 850 Sport 903cc from North America

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 903cc Manual
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles

Summary:

Unique and entertaining car

Faults:

From the factory, they blow head gaskets at 60mph early in life if the cooling system isn't kept clean and well maintained.

I have found a lot of these cars parked indefinitely, low mileage, with a blown headgasket the culprit.

General Comments:

Superb handling! I took this car to college and put 20,000 grueling miles on it traversing mountain passes and delivering pizza.

To make this vehicle durable and adequate for freeway speeds I studded the engine block with 7/16 studs, upgraded the camshaft and installed high compression pistons. A large Weber carburetor was used and glass pack exhaust.

My 72 was still slow, but not AS slow. I was young and drove it extremely hard, but with these few modifications it still performed perfectly when I eventually sold it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th February, 2007