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fiat 124 coupe

During the 1960s and 70s, European automakers seemed to be quite fond of making their coupes so visually distinct from their sedan platform-mates that they may as well have had a different name. This Fiat 124 Sport Coupe is case in point: does it look at all like the blocky, three-box 124 sedan? Then there were the coupe versions of the Fiat 130, Peugeot 504 and Lancia Gamma that were all stunning while their sedan counterparts were plain at best and homely at worst.

The 124 coupe doesn’t represent quite as radical a departure, visually, but it is still prettier than the 124 sedan. Why didn’t Fiat give it (and the pretty 124 Sport Spider) a separate name? And why the slavish devotion to alphanumerics? After all, everything sounds better in Italian (or French, or Spanish). This 124 coupe is a sharp little ride, with an attractive paintjob and aftermarket wheels that are tasteful if not exactly period-appropriate. It’s a hot little number parked in front of a hot Italian restaurant.