Today’s called after several things, not the least of which is the 12th of July when these chaps go marching.

However we’re not here to look at politics.

We have instead the Fiat 127. Introduced in 1971 as a replacement for the 850 the 127 was the first Fiat-badged car to have the now de rigueur transverse engine and front wheel drive. Not the first one from Fiat though as their subsidiary Autobianchi had the Primula and A112 with this setup in the 1960s.

The 127 was powered by a 903cc engine previously used by Autobianchi and had a transverse leaf spring at the rear. Later models got the option of a 1050cc unit with an extra 5 hp and later still a 1300 in both petrol and diesel forms.

As we can see in this picture of one that has somehow survived being converted to iron oxide, the 127 was a three door hatchback.

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Except that sometimes it wasn’t.

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The hatch only became available (at extra cost) in 1972.

The 127 was made in Europe until 1983 (by which time it had evolved to the Series 3 with added plastic) when the Uno came along but it survived in South America until 1995.

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In trivia news, the Series 3 was called the Stella in Finland. Yes, I know the ad says Stellan. Finnish is complicated.