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Abarth Cars => Classic Abarth => Topic started by: Ryan on November 28, 2008, 11:57:03 am

Title: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Ryan on November 28, 2008, 11:57:03 am
I know everyone has probably seen these, seeing as they are like the only decent pictures when googling "Abarth Strada".

(http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/photos-cars3/105.jpg)
(http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/photos-cars3/95.jpg)

This is an absolutely stunning example of a 130 in my opinion. Really love the white Abarth wheels!

Made me laugh that the bucket seats fitted in these cars could not be tilted forward to let people in the back and the headrest hit the roofliner  ;D. An example of this can be seen in the Abarth 500 test that took place on Top Gear a few weeks ago. (Jeremy stated this as a reason to love Abarth, for crazy things like that for example, and also said that his only gripe about the 500 was that nothing is really crazy about it, er, dual exhausts and a diffuser? :P)

Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: OPC on November 28, 2008, 12:24:44 pm
That doesn't have the original 'Fiat Abarth' badge on the bootlid. I've got one in the garage if he wants it!

Don't like the white Cromodoras personnally, even though I had white 15" Sparco wheels on my metalic grey one ;D. I would also sell him my set of original Cromodoras.

These spares will stay in my garage until I get my finger out and put them on the For Sale section, ebay, etc. Must check out exactly what I have left sometime soon.

The Recaro seats in 130TC's were great. I don't now why people go on about not being able to get in the back. You just slid in sideways - It was easy.
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on November 28, 2008, 06:34:53 pm
Here's one that's being restored and fitted with the wheels in the correct finish  ;)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p229/lancias4/S4011.jpg)
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on November 28, 2008, 06:36:35 pm
And another cracking example that's been restored (always loved them in Rosso Corsa)

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j60/bokbok0/abarth1.jpg)
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Ryan on November 28, 2008, 11:08:19 pm
I take it the Agip logo was added after market then?

Lovely examples there, keep them coming!
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on November 29, 2008, 08:35:19 am
Some more cars that are still going strong  :)

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x8/mitch130/EPSN3033.jpg)

The best interior (IMHO) on the Strada Mk3 version

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x8/mitch130/EPSN3037.jpg)

Very nice!

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x8/mitch130/EPSN3032.jpg)

Metallic grey

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd260/paolov73/13002.jpg)

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd260/paolov73/13003.jpg)



Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: OPC on November 29, 2008, 08:29:34 pm
Great pictures Iain.

I had two grey ones and a black one. Always wanted a red one, but could never find a decent one when I was after one. Both grey ones were Mk3's and the black one was a Mk2 with the Mk3 rear bumper and trim between the lights, (probably got rear ended at some point).

My last grey one was pretty hardcore, with uprated brakes, suspension, tyres, exhaust and an uprated engine by Avanti Motorsport. I made the mistake of putting 15" Sparco alloys on it at one point, but preferred it with the standard ones and decent tyres. I think it would definetly show a few moderns a hard time if it still exists. ;D
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on November 29, 2008, 10:51:32 pm
This red one was sold on ebay last month for £1850. I think it went to a guy from Cyprus  :'(
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Ryan on November 29, 2008, 11:38:33 pm
That metalic grey one is an absolute stunner!

Something looks up with the rear suspension of the red one though, on the left side (if you were facing the rear of the car).

The one that appeared on ebay looks like it needs some work to get it to show car class, and the tow bar is a worry, the engine has probably been through hell. Still, a lovely incredibly rare car.
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: John501 on November 30, 2008, 10:41:52 am
PLEASE stop with the pictures!!! My wallet is getting twitchy and I cant fit one in my garage. Also my knuckles have now healed after 10 years off the spanners and I dont want to go back down that road.
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on November 30, 2008, 12:30:04 pm
Easy answer to that John. Tell your employer that he should buy and restore a 130TC as it would look great in your showroom and pull the punters in. Once it's there it will of course need regular "exercising" to keep it in tip top condition  ;D  Rockingham cars have an original Fiat 500 in their showroom for a similar purpose but a Strada Abarth would be much, MUCH better  ;)
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: AlexK on November 30, 2008, 12:40:56 pm
Ooh, I like that idea...  ;D
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: John501 on December 01, 2008, 10:43:45 am
There is no room left in the showroom either! We already have a non modified RS 200 in there and with Fiat and Ford releasing new product like its going out of fashion, we may have to put in a second floor!
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Ryan on December 01, 2008, 11:22:09 pm
Yeah, and keep that floor reserved just for one of these relics! You could make a profit by charging people to see one of the few that haven't turned to dust or been crushed.
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: iain500 on December 02, 2008, 12:02:35 pm
I vividly remember the last time I saw a brand new one in a dealers showroom. It was 1988 and the dealer was in Peterborough near the city centre (I forget what they were called). The car was a shiny black example and I recall trying to convince my dad that it would make a perfect car for my mum (thinking I'd borrow it during holidays from university) but with no success  ;D When that didn't work I tried to get him interested in the new yellow X1/9 sitting next to it but that also failed miserably  :D
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Ryan on December 03, 2008, 03:13:20 pm
I am almost reliving your attempts right now, my dad is looking at cars and I keep hinting that the Abarth 500 will be the right choice for him (even though he drives a big M-Class Auto the now :P).

He tells me of how he almost bought a Lancia Delta Integrale years ago when he saw them everyday on the way to work at a garage down in England when we used to stay there(Hemel Hempstead?, anyone remember any Lancia garages about there).

Hes looking at Alfa Romeo Brera's the now, and I really wouldn't grumble if he replaced the tank with that beauty!
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: Duncan on January 12, 2009, 11:18:35 pm
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Made me laugh that the bucket seats fitted in these cars could not be tilted forward to let people in the back and the headrest hit the roofliner  ;D. An example of this can be seen in the Abarth 500 test that took place on Top Gear a few weeks ago. (Jeremy stated this as a reason to love Abarth, for crazy things like that for example, and also said that his only gripe about the 500 was that nothing is really crazy about it, er, dual exhausts and a diffuser? :P)


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As I recall you could get in the back a lot easier if you pulled the sun visor down and then the seat would go a bit further forward.

I seem to remember also that this was a minor problem, I remember my friend accelarating in his and the seat coming out of the floor, that was more of an issue, he's still got most of one in his Mum's garage, been there over 15 years or more I think. A truly fantastic car at the time when everyone had an XR3i or Golf GTI it was so much more fun.
Title: Re: Lovely Example of a Black Strada
Post by: OPC on January 12, 2009, 11:31:48 pm

As I recall you could get in the back a lot easier if you pulled the sun visor down and then the seat would go a bit further forward.

I seem to remember also that this was a minor problem, I remember my friend accelarating in his and the seat coming out of the floor, that was more of an issue, he's still got most of one in his Mum's garage, been there over 15 years or more I think. A truly fantastic car at the time when everyone had an XR3i or Golf GTI it was so much more fun.

Yes, I remember always doing that. One of mine had a split sun visor where the previous owner must of forced the seat when getting into the back.