Fiat Saloon

Overall the Fiat 130 Saloon fared decent in the marketplace; it was not exactly a success but definitely not a disaster, which is more than could be said for some models. The Saloon was a large executive car manufactured by the Italian automaker and offered as a sedan or as a coupe. The Saloon was launched in March 1969, replacing the previous largest and most exclusive Fiat sedan, the Fiat 2300. It was a thoroughly modern car, of course only at the time, with a four-wheel independent suspension, standard power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Another milestone was crossed in that this was the first Fiat to adopt an alternator instead of a direct-current generator. The Fiat Coupe, based on the same platform, joined the pack in 1971. It was designed and built by Pininfarina, and thus was significantly different in style. Additionally, it included a separate interior design that was significantly more luxurious; it even featured a button-operated mechanism allowing the driver to open the passenger-side door. But, as all good things must come to an end so did the Fiat Saloon. It was dropped from production in 1976, with a total production count of 15,093. Adding to that were the 4,294 Coupes that were produced ' it stayed in production for one extra year. Not that superstition is worth investing time in, but if it were, one particular event might have been an indication of the Saloon's bad luck. In 1978 the terrorist group Red Brigades kidnapped, and later killed, the former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. When he was captured he was riding in an official black Fiat Saloon. Of course, stories like this could also be told for Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and really all the other major manufacturers, but nevertheless it was an unfortunate and tragic event.