The much-loved Polish Fiat 126 ‘Maluch’ Car
The Polski Fiat 126p was first produced in 1973 in Poland. It was based on the tiny Italian Fiat 126 car, with the letter ‘p’ was added to its name to indicate that it was built in Poland. It was produced by Fabryka Samochodow Malolitrazowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biala and Tychy in the south of Poland under licence. Its very small size led to the car being given the nickname ‘maluch’ (small one). Due to its relatively low price it was very popular in Poland and probably the most popular car throughout the 1980s. Production of the car finally ended in September 2000 after a production run of 3,318,674 units. The number of Fiat 126p cars in use in Poland has decreased dramatically in recent years and they are becoming a rare sight on Polish roads.
The Maluch is now becoming something of a collector’s item, and prices are rising fast for good examples. I recommend that you get yourself a 126p before prices reach ridiculous levels!
Related content on Polish Poland: information on the larger Polski Fiat 125p.