Fiat 126p alias Maluch: The History of the Polish Toddler

Fiat 126, which was the successor of the legendary model 500, was first presented to the public at the Turin Motor Show in October 1972. The design of the then modern square body with an air resistance coefficient of 0.47 was the work of Sergio Sartorelli. Shortly before that, production began in September in his native Italy, specifically at the Cassino plant. 126 they were then also produced in the Sicilian Termini Imerese and Desiu. 500 Nuova, however, was created in parallel until 1975, the station wagon even longer. New? Sure, the first official “Cinquecentem” it was baby mouse! But unlike its successors, it had a classic concept – the engine at the front and the driven rear wheels.

The little one, which weighed at least 580 kg, received two-circuit brakes, synchronization of a four-speed direct-shift transmission except for the one, the fuel tank with a volume of 21 l was moved backwards. The chassis had transverse arms at the front and a semi-elliptical leaf spring, also placed across. At the back were trailing arms and coil springs.

At the northern neighbors

The well-known production of the 126p type in Poland began in the seventy-third, specifically on June 6. The Warsaw government has expressed interest in licensing the car with the aim of raising the country’s industrial production and raising the living standards of the population. The exchange of the man at the head of the country had its merits: Władysław Gomułka was replaced by Edward Gierek.

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