Tom Hanks’ Fiat 126

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Hol­ly­wood ac­tor, Tom Hanks, has been given a 1974 Fiat 126 af­ter post­ing photos of him­self next to sev­eral of the Pol­ish­made Fi­ats last year.

Towns­folk of Biel­sko-Biala, where the 126 was made, raised £1700 to buy a car for the ac­tor, and lo­cal com­pa­nies Old­timer Garage and Car­lex De­sign re­stored it for free. It un­der­went a ma­jor restora­tion, in­clud­ing chang­ing the colour from turquoise to white, and hav­ing a be­spoke in­te­rior in­stalled.

Or­gan­iser and town res­i­dent, Monika Jaskol­ska, held the fundraiser af­ter see­ing his Twit­ter and Instagram posts announcing his af­fec­tion for the car.

Car­lex De­sign, the com­pany that tack­led the car’s be­spoke in­te­rior, says: ‘It was a plea­sure and an hon­our to be a part of the project. ‘Maluch’ (col­lo­quial Pol­ish term from the 126) has al­ways been a sym­bol of our city, our coun­try, and our youth. Each Pole has a num­ber of great mem­o­ries con­nected to driv­ing a Fiat 126.’

The car will soon be flown to Hanks’ home in Los An­ge­les.

Pol­ish spe­cial­ists BB Old­timer Garage and Car­lex De­sign re­stored Hanks’ Fiat 126.

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