Fiat have a long standing export relationship with the UK, with random imports entering the UK from the start of the century but a more organised distribution strategy started with the original Topolino and 1400 in 1953. Generally perceived as a manufacturer of small cars, Fiat’s industrial muscle controls many elements of engineering covering ball bearings, railway rolling stock to Ferrari. Along with VW and Renault, Fiat became one of the more common imports during the 60’s.
The Fiat 500, commonly known as Topolino is a city car produced and manufactured by Fiat from 1936 to 1955, it was replaced by the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, which continued until 1975.
The Vignale Gamine is a small rear-engined car produced from 1967 to 1971, based on the Fiat 500.
The Fiat 600 is a city car produced from 1955 to 1969. Other than other fiat derived bodyshapes, it was also manufactured by Seat, Zastava and in South America.
The Fiat 600 Multipla was mini-bus produced from 1956 to 1965, it was based on the Fiat 600.
The Fiat 850 is a small rear-engine produced from 1964 to 1973, it is an evolution of the 600. It was produced as a 2 door saloon, coupe, convertible and mini-bus.
The Fiat 126 was introduced in 1972, with UK imports starting a year later as a replacement for the Fiat 500. Production continued in Poland until 2000. It was only officially offered in one body shell.
The Fiat 900T is a small van produced between 1976 and 1985, replacing the earlier 1964 to 1973 Fiat 850T. The 900T was sold in the UK as the Fiat Citivan.
The long lived Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980, with UK imports stopping in 1994 but was still being manufacturered until 2003. It was only offered as a 3 door hatchback.
The Fiat Cinquecento is a 3 door city car, launched in 1991, to replace the Fiat 126. It was replaced in 1998.
The Fiat 127 was a supermini car produced from 1971 to 1983, as the replacement for the Fiat 850. It was produced as a 2 door saloon, 3 door hatchback, 5 door hatchback (for some markets), pick up and as a panel van.
The Fiat Uno was launched in 1983 and built in its homeland until 1995, with production still taking place in Brazil until 2013. It was available as a 3 and 5 door hatchback, as well as a 4 door saloon (Fiat Duna) for some markets.
The Fiat 1100 is a small family car produced from 1953 to 1969, the design also found a long life in India, where Premier Automobiles continued to build the car until 2000. Subsequent 1200, 1300 and 1500 were an evolution of the 1100.
The Fiat 128 is a front-engine, front wheel drive four-passenger small family car manufactured from 1969 to 1985. It was offered in a wide range of body shapes, including a mid engined configuration design marketed as the Fiat X1/9.
The Fiat X1/9 is a two-seater mid-engined sports car designed by Bertone and manufactured by Fiat from 1972 to 1982 and subsequently by Bertone from 1982-1989. UK deliveries started in 1977.
The Fiat Ritmo was launched in 1978 until 1988, with imports starting in 1979. The export version for English-speaking markets was badged Fiat Strada and was replaced by the Fiat Tipo.
The Fiat Regata is the saloon version of the Fiat Ritmo/Strada small family car. It was produced from 1983 to 1990, with UK imports starting in 1984. Its replacement was the 1990 to 1996 Tempra.
The Fiat Tipo was a small 5 door family car produced between 1988 and 1995. It was built on a completely new Fiat platform, which was later used on Fiat, Alfa-Romeo, and Lancia models.
The Fiat 124 is a mid-sized family car manufactured between 1966 and 1974. Variants included a saloon, station wagon and four-seater coupe. The LHD only two-seater spider convertible was not an official UK import, but many found their way to the UK. The saloon was the main basis for the Russian-built Lada 1200/1300.
The Fiat 131, additionally called Mirafiori was a small/medium family car produced from 1974 to 1984 and available as a two-door and four-door saloon and 5-door estate. Production ceased in 1984.
A slightly lengthened and more luxurious version of the 124, the Fiat 125 was a large sporting family car introduced in 1967 and produced until 1972. Derivatives were built under license outside Italy until the 1990s.
The Fiat 132 is a large family car produced from 1972 to 1981. UK imports started in 1973. An updated version of the 132, called the Argenta was produced from 1981 to 1985, with UK imports dating from 1982 to 1984.
The Fiat 2300 is a six-cylinder executive car manufacturered between 1961 and 1969. The 2300 was made as saloon, estate car and coupe.
The Fiat 130 is a large six cylinder executive car produced from 1969 to 1977. It was available as a 4-door saloon and as a 2-door coupe, with UK imports starting in 1972.
The 1985 to 1996 Fiat Croma was a five-door notchback liftback built on the Type Four platform, which was designed in cooperation between several companies and was also used for the Saab 9000, Lancia Thema and Alfa Romeo 164. UK sales of the Croma started in 1986, but ceased within 4 years.
The Fiat Dino was a front-engine sports car produced between 1966 and 1973. The Dino name refers to the Ferrari Dino V6 engine, produced by Fiat and installed on the cars to achieve the production numbers sufficient for Ferrari to homologate the engine for Formula 2 racing.
The Fiat Fiorino was produced from 1977 to 2000. UK imports were a panel van and pick up derivatives of the Fiat 127 and Fiat Uno. The Fiat Palio was introduced in 1996 as a series of family cars, as well as a pick up. Some markets marketed them as the Strada. The Palio was not imported into the UK in any form.