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1972 Fiat 132

An ordinary family car? You must be mistaken. In his time the Fiat 132 is in Germany even a TV star. No, not as any offender vehicle or for the commissioner. It is a television series in which it plays the leading part. Not very glorious, it is rather the loser. It also occurs not under his own name, but he is called Amalfi. It disguises an Italian car with the name of a southern Italian city/coastal landscape. And it is something changed, too. But it can be still identified.

A four-part television series about a fictional car dealership, in which naturally just about everything goes wrong. And the Fiat 132 alias Amalfi right in the middle. He becomes the central annoyance and DM-grave for family Schmitting and runs only probably well when it is rather not more needed. Why Fiat did not protested to the choice of this vehicle barely disguised? The plot fits the prejudices of Fiat's middle class as chalk and cheese. Perhaps because then everybody noticed really, what type of vehicle it was.

To rescue the reputation of the broadcasters one must mention the series a year later with the same subject. Here is then an easy disfigured VW Passat taken. The rest of the 132 is quite simple, because he is considered the first car made by robots. Whether complete, we do not claim now. Why in Italy? Maybe because it has given for many years problems with initially low salary and then with too many strikes. Also the production quality has suffered partly. Particulars e.g. here.

The Fiat 132 was produced from 1972 to 1981. Its successor is the Argenta (1981-1985). It is the successor of the 125, but is rather similar to the then top model 130. After the latter's discontinuation in 1977, it took the position of the 130. At the beginning of 1974, the front suspension was revised. This also made it possible to fit wider tyres. The 132 was never economical in terms of fuel consumption, probably due to unfavourable air resistance. The five-speed gearbox was probably designed for acceration and not to save fuel.

The first facelift resulted in lower side windows with an additionally slightly modified C-pillar. In addition to further chassis improvements, the 1800 received a modified cylinder head with slightly increased power to 80 kW (107 hp). Inside, the handling was improved and a new steering wheel was installed. Modified plastic bumpers were standard from 1977 on, along with power steering. Inside, the design has changed completely.

There were few 132s produced abroad, rather only assembled. Sometimes the car was only completed, as in Poland at FSO, where the 132p was only available to the nomenklatura in a few examples. Of course there was a Seat 132 in Spain, otherwise the Zastava 132 in Yugoslavia and sporadically a version in South Africa.

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