11 Facts About Fiat 131


Fiat 131 is a family sedan manufactured and marketed by Fiat from 1974 to 1984 after its debut at the 1974 Turin Motor Show.

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Fiat 131 used steel monocoque bodywork for its three-box design and used a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout, where the engine is longitudinally front-mounted.

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Fiat 131 Mirafiori was introduced at the 55th Turin Motor Show in late October 1974.

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Trim levels were two; the entry-level Fiat 131 Mirafiori had single square headlamps, wheels and dished hubcap from the 124, and simplified interior furnishings.

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US-spec 1976 Fiat 131 four-door, showing the larger bumpers used to meet strict federal safety standards.

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The Fiat 131 Abarth was a very successful group 4 rally car, winning the manufacturers' World Rally Championship three times: in 1977,1978, and in 1980.

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Between 1976 and 1981 the Fiat 131 won 20 WRC events; other notable drivers were Sandro Munari, Timo Salonen, Attilio Bettega and Michele Mouton.

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In 1977 the Fiat 131 Automatico was released and the following year a very short production of the SEAT Fiat 131 CLX 1800 was offered.

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The Fiat 131 was now available in CL, Supermirafiori and Diplomatic versions.

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Later, Fiat 131 based "Bird Series" were developed and built in Bursa, Turkey.

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Fiat 131 was produced at Helwan, in Egypt, by El Nasr since at least 1982, on the basis of complete knockdown kits.

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