Tofaş Murat 124

Tofaş Murat 124 (or Hacı Murat) is the first car produced in Turkey under a foreign license, based on a Fiat 124 chassis at TOFAŞ’s Demirtaş, Osmangazi factory in 1971.

Murat 124 was produced in 134 thousand 867 units between 1971 and 1976. Its production was stopped in 1976 with the start of Murat 131 production.

In 1984, the body shell was modernized and it was re-released as a cheaper and less equipped model of the Bird Series under the name Serçe, in a way Murat 124 returned to the lines after a 6-year break. The 1.3 liter 70 hp OHV engine was equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission and the body was painted in opaque colors like the Şahin.

The name Murat is the adaptation of the Fiat brand to Turkey. The name of this vehicle is actually taken from Murat I. Since going to Hajj by car was allowed in Turkey at that time, people went on pilgrimage with these cars, and that’s why the vehicle was nicknamed Hacı Murat. Koç Holding and Fiat made this name change to emphasize the offer of a domestic automobile to the Turkish consumer. Fiat implemented the same name change in Spain with its partner at the time, Seat, and Fiat vehicles offered for sale in Spain were sold under the name SEAT.

Manufacturer: Tofaş (FIAT)

Years of production: 1971—1995

Length: 4042 mm

Width: 1625 mm

Height: 1350 mm

Engine: 4 cylinders; 1197 cc

Power: 65 HP

Max speed: 145 km/h

Weight: 950 kg

Assembly: Czechoslovakia

Years of production: 1951—1959

Production: 510 units

Length: 19 340 mm

Track gauge: 1435 mm

Maximum speed: 100 km/h

Weight: 184.9 t

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