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1972-1984 FIAT 132/Argenta specifications


Italy’s reputation for being unable to build good big cars was founded by the 132. It should have had the world at its feet thanks to eager engines, five-speed ‘boxes, crisp styling and decades of sporting saloon experience. But thanks to uninspiring road manners and a distinct lack of showroom appeal, the 132 remains less than the sum of its parts. Only offered in the UK in more luxurious versions, we were spared the 1.6-litre base version that sold well in Italy. Twin-cam quad-headlamp version was no 5-Series beater, but black Bellini special edition still looks good.

Production

  • Production:
    975,970
  • Price at launch:
    £2,276
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,500
  • Price (average):
    £650
  • Price (project):
    £250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.6secs
  • Top speed:
    102.0mph
  • Power:
    98.0bhp
  • Torque:
    97.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Rigid axle, lower longitudinal trailing radius arms, upper oblique torque arms, coil springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4407mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2553mm
  • Width:
    1645mm
  • Height:
    1422mm
  • Weight:
    1095kgs

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