Small motor car
from 1957 to 1960
The Fiat 1200 is a car produced by Fiat between 1957 and 1960 .
Created by the Special Body Section of the Turin-based company , the 1200 Granluce was a top-of-the-range version of the 1100/103 , of which it kept not only the mechanics, but also the skeleton. Compared to the starting model, the 1200 presented a new pavilion (with a panoramic rear window , increased windscreen and expanded side windows, hence the name Granluce ), a different tail (higher and with more marked rear fins ) and redesigned and better finished interiors . The changes to the front are minor, however: a new grille with rectangles and several lights.
From a technical point of view, apart from the displacement increased from 1089 to 1221 cm³ , the car was unchanged. The position, compared to 1100/103, in a higher market segment was, according to Fiat, given the best performance (the power was 55 hp ), with more refined finishes ( fabric coverings for seats, door panels and part of the dashboard) and the greater "importance" given to the bodywork by the numerous chrome fittings and two-tone paintwork.
The car was presented at the 1957 Turin Motor Show with the same hinging of the doors adopted from 1100-103 but when deliveries began (at the beginning of 1958 ) the 1200 Granluce appeared with the modified door hinges and then with all four doors open upwind. Despite the rather modern bodywork (even if adorned with too many chrome plating) and the two-tone paint, the 1200 Granluce, probably because it lacked performances decidedly superior to those provided by the 1100 but also because crushed by the growing success of the Giulietta Alfa Romeo, it did not have the dissemination hoped for.
Also in 1957, the 1.2 liter 55 hp engine was installed in the car body, slightly retouched (more wraparound bumpers, several side repeaters of the direction indicators ) of the 1100/103 E Trasformable TV , giving life to the 1200 Transformable . Likewise, Pininfarina produced a pleasant 2 + 2 coupe to be produced in small series.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1959 , the 1200 Granluce sedan underwent some aesthetic changes,such as the satin-finished aluminum side band, a different front grille and the bumper guards with rubber pad it was later replaced by the Fiat 1300.
Motor: 4 cylinders in-line
Displacement: ( Bore x stroke=72 x 75 mm), 1,221cm³
Power supply: Carburetors
Power: 55 hp
Engine position: front
Drive: rear wheel
Gearbox: 4-speed synchronized
Brakes: front drum,rear drum
Length: 3921 mm
Width: 1460 mm
Height: 1492 mm
Mass weight:880 k g