Fiat is a brand inextricably linked to utility cars, even if it has not disdained from time to time the creation of sports cars, even for world rallies, of considerable interest. At the same time he gave long glances of regard to more service models, up to the small empire that today responds to the name of Fiat Professional. However, even considering that the Ducato and Fiorino have now entered the collective imagination as a synonym for an all-rounder vehicle, the Turin brand has ‘failed’ to break through in Italy with a type of bodywork that has always been very strong in the United States and South America. : the pick-ups.
Over the years, Fiat has packaged several, especially thinking of the beloved Brazilian market which has always been highly regarded in the American strategy of the brand. But also in Italy we have seen notable gems within this special segment. We have collected five particular models to tell Fiat’s lesser-known story with regards to pick-ups: an international story spiced up every so often by some big names.
The Fiat 125 in pick-up version it was dedicated to the Polish market, chaired by Polski Fiat. The bodywork was simplified compared to the Italian model: the four headlights were round, with fewer chrome finishes. The mechanics and engines derived from the old Fiat “1500 C”, including the gear lever on the steering wheel and the rear rigid axle without connecting rods, but with disc brakes on the four wheels. He was also lucky in Argentina thanks to Fiat Concord. We are in the mid-seventies.
The 1978 Fiat 147 is the Brazilian version of the 127. The best-known commercial vehicle derived from this car is the first series of the Fiorino van. And in relation to the latter, in fact, there was also a pick-up version, with the same front as the 127. The novelty was presented at the São Paulo Auto Show in 1978. The wheelbase was the same as the original 127, that is 2.22 m, for 3.63 m in length. This severely limited the cargo space, but on the other hand, it was exactly what gave the pickup truck sympathy. To complete the look, Fiat created a tailgate that opened to the left, circumventing the downward opening rule.
There was also room for a singular prototype among the Fiat pick-ups, designed by Pininfarina and presented at the 1992 Turin motor show. It was called Fiat Cinquecento 4 × 4 Pick-up, and just one specimen was built. Very small cargo space for one of the smallest cars produced by Fiat in its history.
Several years later, around 2010, Fiat’s sporty pick-up, also dedicated to Brazil, breaks through: this is the Street Sporting short cab with front spoiler, burnished headlights, matching side skirts, racing pedals and 15-inch alloy wheels. All topped off with a 132 horsepower 1.8i 16v E-torQ engine.
Finally, last but not least, there was a special version of the mammoth Fiat Fullback, the result of collaboration with Mitsubishi. The model built in Thailand, not exactly successful, became the official vehicle in 2016 of the MXGP championship, the queen series of international motocross.