‘Many have a Fiat 126 en­gine and gear­box’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living with Classics -

‘ The con­denser and ro­tor arm are un­re­li­able, so elec­tronic ig­ni­tion is a com­mon up­grade, but the most pop­u­lar mod­i­fi­ca­tion among mem­bers is to fit a Fiat 126 en­gine and gear­box. I’d es­ti­mate that as many as half of the cars in our club have had this done. Be­cause the 500 was only ever fit­ted with drum brakes all round, a lot of our club mem­bers have also in­vested in a front disc brake con­ver­sion to go with their big­ger en­gine. – it’s a sen­si­ble and pop­u­lar up­grade,’

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