Car of the Year - From CAR, March 1970
My 128 was a 1979 NZ assembled 1300 Bello sedan which I got in the late 80s. It was mechanically sound but a faded orange by then. NZ sun and UV tests paints!
Like most 128s, especially the local ones with dubious rust prevention, it eventually dissolved a bit too far. It had a second lease of life when I stumbled upon a complete set of factory fresh doors to replace the rust ventilated originals. From, distant, memory they were from a parts sale when the local distributor changed.
Panels beaten, new rot free doors fitted, and a gleaming coat of VERY Tangerine paint (the factory colour) made it look like new. For such an old design (from the 60s) even in the 80d it was still a great car to drive. Not bad for a car which set standards, and the template, for all ‘modern’ front wheel drive cars to follow.