Fiat 126 had many of the same mechanical specifications as the Fiat 500 as well as the same wheel base, however, the body shell was newly designed was more similar to the 127. The capacity of the engine was initially 594 cc and was later changed to 652 cc in 1977. The cylinder bore was also increased to 77mm from 73.5 mm. The power output remained at 23PS, but the torque was increased to 43Nm from 39 Nm.
When the Fiat 126 Bis was launched in 1987, the engine size was increased to 704 cc. The car also had 26 bhp of power.
Fiat 126 Gniezno.
History of the Car
The 126 was produced until the 1980s in the Termini Imerese and Cassino plants in Italy. In addition to also being manufactured in Poland the 126 was also produced in Yugoslavia and Zastava.
In 1984 the 126 received a facelift; its dashboard and plastic bumpers were changed. The new model had been called Fiat 126p FL.
A new version of the 126, called the 126EL, was later introduced. In the 126 ELX, a catalytic converter was introduced. Though the Fiat 126 was quite cleverly marketed, it never managed to reach the popularity of the Fiat 500. In Italy a total of 1,352,912 of the 126s were manufactured. In Poland around 3,318,674 of these cars have been produced.
FIAT 126 HISTORIA.
Since the car had a low price it was the most popular car in Poland during the 1980s. The 126p was nicknamed "Maluch" or "small one." In 1997 the name of the car was actually changed to Maluch. The 126p was exported to several other countries and was also quite popular in places like Hungary and Australia, where it was called the FSM Niki 650.
126p had been quite important in Poland since it had quite a lot of connection to the politics of the country during the communist period. During that time a private car was considered to be a luxury since salaries were quite low and not many cars were available.