This summer Fiat have revived two of its popular past models, the Tipo and 124 Spider, so we thought we should celebrate the original models that inspired the cars on sale today. With the introduction of two new models to its range, Fiat decided to cease production of the Fiat Punto. The popular hatchback model is no longer available to order as a new car for the first time since 1993 when it was introduced into the market.
Launched in June 1988, the Tipo was initially only available as a five-door hatchback. At the time, it stood out thanks to its boxy styling that gave it greater room for passengers in the back compared to a rear-wheel-drive Ford Sierra, despite the fact that it was a similar size to the smaller Ford Escort.
In 1989, the Tipo won the European Car of the Year award and introduced a completely new Fiat platform that was later used on more Fiat models as well as Alfa-Romeo and Lancia models.
The Tipo received a facelift in 1993 where a three-door version was added to the range and slight changes were made to the radiator grilles and headlamps. In Summer 1995, the Tipo ceased production to be replaced by the Fiat Bravo in three-door and five-door versions.
After a 21 year absence, Fiat decided to reprise the Tipo name with a new model available in hatchback and station wagon that embodies the values of its predecessor. The new Tipo boasts class-leading legroom and boot capacity to provide exceptional space and comfort for all of its passengers.
Debuting at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible sports car. Designed and manufactured in house, the 124 Sport Spider shared much of its running gear with the 124 Coupé and 124 Sedan.
When it first arrived in the market, the 124 Sport Spider used a 1.4-litre engine that produced 93bhp. In 1970, the engine received an upgrade to produce 104bhp and more torque with a new close ratio five-speed gearbox as standard.
Further engine upgrades were made in 1972 to produce a maximum of 118bhp and in 1978 a two-litre engine surfaced for even greater power. Towards the end of production a supercharged model called "Volumex" was produced and designed by Aurelio Lampredi, the ex-Ferrari chief engineer. The 124 Sport Spider finally ceased production in 1985.
Sixty years since it was first in showrooms, the Fiat 124 Spider has returned for the 21st Century. Brimming with the highest quality technology including a 7" touchscreen display, exclusive BOSE sound system and LED headlights. Its 1.4 turbo multiair engine produces 140bhp from its manual 6-speed transmission.
Since its introduction into the market in 1993, Fiat have produced three generations of the Fiat Punto. It was brought into production to replace the Fiat Uno and was voted European Car of the Year in 1995. In its first generation, the Punto was available in three-door and five-door hatchback, as well as a two-door cabriolet version.
In 1999, the Punto was given a makeover with all-new styling that managed to retain the original Punto's distinctive shape and design. In a design first, the new Punto became the first Fiat to carry the original round Fiat badge in decades to celebrate the manufacturer's centenary.
The third generation Punto was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show which received a further facelift in 2012. The current Punto design features a front distinguished by a bumper painted entirely in the same shade as the body. Fiat places an emphasis on style and sport for their newest Punto for a sleek and dynamic look.