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Author Topic: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible  (Read 7204 times)

Offline dretceterini

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Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2009, 10:28:01 pm »
I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but based on what I was told by Martini Racing, I believe that it was some sort of special built for them.  

The suspension appears to be stock Fiat Ritmo, except for the front strut tower brace (unknown brand; no ID anywhere, but it is almost an inch thick) and the fact it has a lower front anti-roll bar that is 3/4 inch thick!   No Abarth cast into the suspension components anywhere.  The wheels have the word Lancia cast into the rim.

As I said earlier, it seems extremely quick for a stock 1585cc twin cam.    As I said earlier, I haven't taken the motor apart to determine actual bore or compression, or to check the cam profiles.  The carb is the pretty standard 32/34 Weber, but with a progressive mechanical secondary (both barrels do not open at the same time).  It also has a hand choke.  

On most Series 2 cars that I have seen, there is a slight indentation in the middle of the grille for a Fiat badge, and this car has no indentation??!!

I'm not sure if the nose with the fog lights first appeared on Series 2 or Series 3 cars.  

The bottom line for me is that the car is a lot of fun.  There are few vintage 4 seat convertibles round today of any Italian marque, other than things like Ferrari Mondials.  

The paint and stripes seem to be original to the car.  I agree that the badging may not be original, but it appears they have been on the car for a very long time.  

Because no one seems to know for sure erxactly what This car is, I would have no problem putting on a twin carb intake manifold and a pair of Weber 40DCOEs, if the 2 liter manifold would fit this car without modification.
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    Offline Abarth G.P.

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #16 on: September 04, 2009, 10:33:05 pm »
    series 2

    and bertone didn't start building the series one until 1981.

    makes your car very ' special ' indeed.

    the wheels are from a beta,that will be why they have lancia on them.
    over 60 fiats and lancias now broken!

    Offline dretceterini

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #17 on: September 05, 2009, 06:55:47 am »
    I honestly don't know what my car really is.  Martini Racing said it's a real Abarth.   I would tend to calkl it a Fiat-Abarth rather than a pure Abarth.   Maybe when I take apart the motor when it needs a rebuild, I will have a much better idea of what they told me is true.   All I do know is that the car is a lot of fun, and that's whatis most important to me...

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #18 on: September 05, 2009, 08:41:03 am »
    did martini say why they had these ritmo's made?
    over 60 fiats and lancias now broken!

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #19 on: September 05, 2009, 06:10:29 pm »
    Not specifically, but the did say for use as promotional vehicles...

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #20 on: September 05, 2009, 08:30:45 pm »
    did you ask what they were promoting?
    over 60 fiats and lancias now broken!

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #21 on: September 05, 2009, 09:22:20 pm »
    Probably had the drivers and some bimbos go to various venues and promote Martini and Rossi vermouth...    ::)

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    Re: My Abarth Martini Racing Ritmo 100S convertible
    « Reply #22 on: September 06, 2009, 11:01:22 am »
    why use a fiat though?
    over 60 fiats and lancias now broken!

     

    hungry