Magazine Articles - 1964


Modern Motor - July 1964

"FIAT'S BIGGEST BABY"

"Fiat's brand new 850 sedan is obviously planned to breach the gap between the 600D (which continues) and the Fiat 1100D before VW produce their much rumoured small car, and before the Mini gets too strong a hold in Europe."

"Although the 850 follows the configuration of the well-known 600 it has more modern and commodious bodywork."

850 Sedan

"Fiat have no export plans for the car until the European autumn, and at the time of going to press no prices were available...."

"...There are no plans to sell the 850 in Australia as yet."

A Few Statistics:
850 Tipo Normale 850 Super
Compression Ratio 8.0:1 8.8:1
Power Output 40 (SAE)
34 (DIN) @ 5300 rpm
42 (SAE)
37 (DIN) @ 5300 rpm
Top Speed 75 m.p.h. 78 m.p.h. *
Standing Quarter Mile 25 seconds 24 seconds *
0-50 m.p.h. n/a 19 seconds *
0-60 m.p.h. n/a 28 seconds *

* NOTE: See 1965 test by David McKay of the 850S which shows dramatically different performance figures.

1964, Doug Armstrong, Australian Consolidated Press Ltd.


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