Fiat 124 Coupé is an Italian car produced between 1967 and 1975 in three generations. The four cylinder, aluminum, twin overhead cam engine was designed by ex-Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi. Originally, the AC or first generation featured an 1,438 cc engine, which grew to 1,608 in the second or BC generation. The third generation, or CC, was first officially offered with the 1,592 cc and then 1,756 cc (some early CC left the factory with left over 1,608 cc engines). Other mechanicals include a 5-speed gearbox (although very early AC models only featured a 4-speed), disc brakes at each wheel, power brakes, double wishbone front suspension, one carburetor per cylinder (2 Dual Weber or Solex carburetors on the BC series 1608 engine - except for the USA version which received mild carburation due to emissions constraints), electric fuel pump (on the CC series), and suspension by coil springs.
The 124 Coupé was designed as a three-box, notchback by Mario Boano, known for designing the bodywork on the Ferrari 250 GT "Boano". He was hired by FIAT and was made responsible for the in-house Fiat Centro Stile, while the softtop Spider was designed by Pininfarina. The Spider and Coupé shared the same basic platform as the 124 Sedan (or Berlina in Italian), but the Spider had a 14 cm shorter wheelbase .
There were approx 113,000 AC Coupés, 98,000 BC Coupés 1,438 cc/1,608 cc, and about 75,000 CC Coupés manufactured. There were ongoing changes with all models making them almost individual by year.
The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth came with dual Weber 44 IDF carburetors unlike the regular 124 coupes and spiders which were equipped with dual Weber 40 IDF carbs. Fiat twincam engines tend to be oversquare in design, that is, big bore and short stroke.The 1608 cc is a perfectly square engine, its bore being 80 mm and its stroke being 80 mm. This gives them the ability, when combined with the camshafts and proper carburetors, to rev to high rpms. The Fiat 2-liter is the final evolution for this engine, and by creating a longer stroke (90 mm), actual capacity came to 1995 cc (the bore had been raised to 84 mm earlier on when the 1592 and 1756 engines first appeared). These were not used in any Coupes, but only on Spiders from 1979 on. This engine can be found, in turbocharged and intercooled form, in the Lancia Delta Integrale rally cars, which took the World Rally Championship a total of seven times in the 1980s and 1990s.
Now a rarity on the American Road, a rust free 124 coupe such as this one is a hard item to locate! In fact this car was imported by a Marque Enthusiast from South America a few years back. This car is a true survivor, that while presentable and quite drivable as is, could bennefit from some restoration work. The Seats appear to have been redone in the correct and hard to find material, and the car runs and drives quite well but will need some electrical sorting. Really these are very minor things that can be addressed over time as one enjoys the car and becomes familiar with it. I doubt you will find a better 124 Coupe on the market today.