Fiat 900 van range and history
|Vehicle technical details|
|Production:||1976 to 1986|
|Total production:||500,000 plus|
|Body and chassis|
|Body styles:||Van, pick up.minibus|
|Engine and Powertrain|
|Engine Type:||four cylinder|
|Engine power:||35 hp|
|Brakes:||drum brakes front and rear|
|Weights and Dimensions|
The Fiat 900 900T an E is a van,minibus and flatbed produced by FIAT from 1976 to 1986 .
At the beginning of the sixties , FIAT wanted to replace the 600 Multipla by adopting the much better harmonized and reshaped bodywork in favor of capacity, thus constituting the Familiar 600T and since 1965 the 850 Familiar . The production was entrusted to the OM factory in Suzzara, specialized in the production of medium-large commercial vehicles . In 1976 the two variants were unified and turned into the 900T, a name deriving from the displacement of the new engine , which kept the floor and the lines of the 850 Familiare, but with a renewed front and new rims (those of the Fiat 126 from 1976 with a different channel).
It was offered in eleven outfits, including the 7- seater minibus version and the sliding- door , swing or raised-roof van . The engine- gearbox still remained the 100G of the Fiat 850 Sport Coupé of 903 cm³ of 35 hp , presenting some innovations such as a head derived from that of the Fiat 127 . The engine, derived from the 100 series created for the Fiat 600 , is fitted left-hand like on the Fiat 850 , unlike the same 600 and 127, due to the different arrangement of the engine. The brakes they were upgraded and the alternator replaced the dynamo . Always at the hands of Coriasco the production of the Pick-up version already tested starting from the 600T and 850T versions continues. By the end of 1979 , around 500,000 had already been produced.
In 1978 , at the height of its production, the range was integrated with a camper version named Shango , which kept the minibus body but with a raised roof in white fiberglass that opened (hinged on the left side) and a suitable tarpaulin . This solution made it possible to obtain two beds when the roof was opened (consisting of two beds that could be unrolled from the outer sides and hooked to the center of the roof). The project was identical to that already undertaken on the English market , where this version of the 900T was called "Amigo", to then be called "Pandora" with the advent of 900E.
The inside had changed; in front the seat remained the same and the back was joined and " Double face ", since the central bench (which was a storage room) was attached to the opposite direction. The rear bench was advanced, leaving room for a chipboard cabinet hidden by the backs (made up of simple cushions ) and a kitchenette with a sink . For this was a tank 's water under the floor with capacity of 30 liters . The body color was only ocher yellow.In the seventies the "Shango" was the smallest camper on the market (alongside the Fiat 238 Andal and Fiat 242 Kavir, always of the same color) but the high price on the road and the low habitability decreed the failure.
In 1980 the perfected version came out, the 900E, proposed in a van version for goods transport, mixed transport, panorama and minibus.
The differences were found in the new rims (those of the Fiat 128 from 1976), in the thicker bumpers and only in black, in the new rectangular rear lights (derived from Fiat 238 and 242), in the introduction of disc brakes on the wheels front and in the introduction of a windscreen washer tank with an electric pump which decreed the movement of the spare wheel under the floor behind the driver (and no longer in front of the front passenger). The instrument panel and the steering column were also updated, borrowed from the Fiat 127 second series.
It came out of production in 1986, and was first replaced by a short-wheelbase version of the Fiat Ducato , the Fiat Talento ; its direct successor, the Fiat Scudo , arrived however only in 1995 .