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Fiat Tempra

When was the last time you saw one of these? Probably a long time ago, because it’s a mid 90s Fiat, which means the vast majority of them have been scrapped, broken up or have just disintegrated. What it is is a Fiat Tempra, a nondescript saloon car that was at the time the Italian equivalent of a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Vectra. At the time the Tempra was released, Fiats and other Italian cars had a somewhat justified reputation as rustbuckets, the kind of cars you could seriously damage with football and heavy foot. Perhaps in response to this, Fiat went through a spell of galvanising their cars in the early 1990s, and the Tempra was one of the first models to receive this treatment.

This particular example is a later model (you can’t see it from here, but the grille is slightly different) with some Fiat after-market alloys added. There was also a hatchback version called the Tipo, infamous for its shocking electrics and general reliability. It may be less than twenty years old, but it’s amazing to think cars like this were still being churned out not that long ago. If you haven’t seen one of these (or more likely if you just can’t remember) I wouldn’t worry – you’re not missing much.

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