1986 Fiat 126 (LHD)

Photos provided by the vendor


  • Lovely 126, recently restored
  • LHD model from Poland with very low mileage
  • Imported in 2019
  • Mechanically overhauled


It’s a little-known fact, and it may not have the iconography attached to it that its predecessor did, but the Fiat 126 enjoyed a production run of 10 years greater than that of the legendary Nuova 500. 

Introduced in 1972, the tiny two-door saloon was assembled not just in Italy, but also at the Tychy manufacturing g plant in Poland where local firm FSM built the 126 under licence – and continued to do so long after production ceased in Fiat’s homeland in 1979. 

From that point forward, Fiat had a financial interest in FSM (later Fiat Cars Poland and still owned by the Italian firm today) and the 126 was built for all markets in Tychy by ‘Polski-Fiat’.

This one is a 1986 ‘650E’ model – one of the very last air-cooled 126s, fitted with the larger 652cc engine. It has been restored by a 126 enthusiast and has had a recent bare metal respray, a full engine overhaul, mechanical refresh and refurbished interior.


  • Manufactured in 1986
  • Imported to the UK in 2019
  • NOVA declaration complete and all import duties settled
  • Full UK V5C
  • New MOT to be arranged on sale
  • Only covered 56kms since restoration


  • Seats retrimmed in original black vinyl
  • Immaculate grey carpets
  • Tailored grey floor mats with rubber heel mats
  • Excellent vinyl door cards
  • Basic single-dial dash with simple switchgear – three rocker switches, a heater and a passenger side lower storage tray
  • Dash-mounted speaker grilles
  • No radio - original blanking housing
  • Gear knob made of amber sourced from the Baltic Sea


  • Complete strip down and rebuild with bare metal respray
  • Repainted in original white to a high standard
  • Underside in good order and comprehensively undersealed for future protection
  • Refurbished steel wheel in authentic grey with correct centre caps
  • Genuine Fiat mud flaps
  • Black plastic bumpers and side rubbing strips in excellent order
  • Correct black roof gutter piping


  • 652cc air-cooled twin
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Engine completely refurbished
  • All hoses and pipes replaced with new ones
  • Suspension components overhauled as per photos with brand new wishbones
  • Transverse leaf springs sandblasted and repainted
  • Reported by vendor to be in great mechanical order with no known issues
  • MOT to be renewed before sale


It may have taken longer to get there than the Fiat 500, but the 126 is rapidly emerging as a cult classic car in its own right – hardly surprising when you consider that over 4.5 million of them were sold between 1972 and 2000. 

In Poland, where most 126s were made and it was a perennial best-seller, the car has an enormous following and the plus side of that is that parts are plentiful and easy-to-source. It’s an easy, inexpensive and enjoyable car to own, which really comes into its strength in urban areas where it’s a good a city car today as it always was.

This one is a little gem – well-restored and beautifully presented, it’s a fabulous and frugal Eighties classic. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 126
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 35,139 Kilometres
  • Engine size 652
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cambridge
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • fr•••• £5,675 21/09/23
  • ro•••• £5,300 21/09/23
  • mi•••• £5,200 21/09/23
  • go•••• £5,100 21/09/23
  • mi•••• £5,000 21/09/23
  • go•••• £4,900 21/09/23
  • al•••• £4,750 20/09/23
  • lu•••• £4,000 20/09/23
  • mi•••• £3,500 20/09/23
  • lu•••• £3,000 19/09/23

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