Fiat 126p 1983 – SPRZEDANY

Chris Evans jest w tej chwili na topie. Nowy prowadzący najsłynniejszego programu motoryzacyjnego na świecie, Top Gear, postanowił przewietrzyć swoje garaże. Podczas Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale można było nabyć 13 jego samochodów. Wśród pięciu Ferrari wartych w sumie niemal 10 milionów funtów jest też coś, co może zdawać się nam, Polakom, dziwnie znajome. Ten Fiat 126 powstał na wzór i z wykorzystaniem mechanicznych części Abarth’a. Jego rok produkcji jednoznacznie wskazuje, że samochód opuścił bramy polskiej FSM, choć jest stylizowany na włoską wersję. Powstał na bazie egzemplarza który miał raptem nieco ponad 10 tys. km przebiegu, lecz mimo to został gruntownie odrestaurowany. Na aukcji uzyskano ok. 83 tys. PLN (wliczając prowizję). Według naszej miary kwota transakcji może być uznana za abstrakcyjnie wysoką, tam – była to jedna z najtańszych propozycji.


Lot 310
Registration no. A262 OUR
Chassis no. 8362973
Engine no. 8961544
£10,000 – 15,000
PLN 58,000 – 87,000
Sold for £14,375 (PLN 82,794) inc. premium

AUCTION 22725:
12 Sep 2015 13:30 BST

1983 FIAT 126 Abarth Replica Sports Saloon
Registration no. A262 OUR
Chassis no. 8362973
Engine no. 8961544

*Built by Mike Jordan
*Abarth-specification engine by Middle Barton Garage
*One owner from new until 2011
*Unique specification

'The performance of FIAT engines, as modified by Carlo Abarth, has for long been held to verge on the supernatural.’ – John Bolster, Autosport magazine.

After leaving Cisitalia in 1948, Austrian-born engineer Carlo Abarth set up as an independent in Turin, the home of the Italian auto industry. From producing induction and exhaust systems, Abarth branched out into selling performance kits for – mainly FIAT – production cars, later building a highly successful series of sports prototypes and limited-series production cars, many of which were produced in conjunction with Carrozzeria Zagato. An innovative concern with a sporting pedigree second to none, Abarth was taken over by FIAT in 1972.

The car offered here was built by Mike Jordan, owner of the Jordan Racing Team and father of Andrew Jordan, outright BTCC champion in 2013. It is a re-creation of the car his wife drove during their courtship days. The basis of this Abarth re-creation was a mint and rust free FIAT 126 discovered on display at a FIAT main dealership in 2011. The one elderly lady owner had covered a mere 6,668 miles in the car, making it the perfect candidate for restoration and upgrading, not to mention repainting in an eye-catching colour scheme.

The little FIAT was then stripped and totally rebuilt by Mike, who modified it by removing the plastic bumpers and side trims before despatching it to the highly respected Normandales body shop for a complete repaint in bright orange. The interior was re-trimmed in black vinyl with new matching carpets, and new chromed bumpers fitted together with new Minilite wheels and new tyres. Noted Abarth experts Middle Barton Garage rebuilt the engine to Abarth specification complete side-draught carburettor, Abarth camshaft, new pistons, new clutch, up-rated gearbox, stronger drive shafts and an Abarth exhaust system.

This unique Abarth re-creation is one of Chris Evans’ more recent acquisitions, catching his attention due to its bright orange colour, which matches his hair. Built to an extremely high standard by experienced practitioners, it affords the prospect of enormous fun for a relatively modest outlay.