The well-known Italian engineer and designer, Dante Giacosa, was a stalwart in engine and transmission design and who changed the way of thinking and popularised the front-wheel drive layout in today’s modern automobiles. Associated with several firms such as Cisitalia and Autobianchi, Giacosa played a stellar role in many of the FIAT models, including the FIAT Topolino, FIAT 600, FIAT Multipla, etc..
It was his idea that FIAT should come up with a car that would take on the popularity of the Austin Mini. FIAT already had a successful model in the FIAT 600 at the time, and providing another option to the customer would only increase their customer base. FIAT heeded Giacosa’s advice and went on to develop the FIAT 850 in 1964.
The FIAT 850, with a front-wheel drive layout and an 845cc engine, proved to be a good car for the masses. It was produced until 1973 and was also taken up for production in Spain under the brand name SEAT 850 and in Germany as the Neckar Adria.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|