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Offline OPC

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Older Abarth cars and being an Abarth fan
« on: November 05, 2008, 08:56:41 pm »
I'm interested to know how many guys / girls on here have had older Abarth cars, or have been a fan of the older Abarth models.

I grew up wanting 131 Sports, 131 Abarth Rallyes and Strada 105TC / Abarth 130TC's. I got my first 130TC when I was 18 and absolutely loved it. I was hooked. Drove it far too many miles. Drove to work, worked, drove home, had tea, then drove it some more. What a great car. They were very quick in their day and in good condition now, with modern day rubber would still be quick by today’s standards.

Anyway, I bought another one as a spares / repair car and then Mondeo man wrote my good one off. Ended up buying another really good one, (almost immaculate 88E plate in 1995). That was ace. Had it modified by Avanti Motorsport, probably cost me about £4,500 in total but I had a lightweight hardcore hot hatch with about 170BHP that was pretty rare.

Had a 131 sport in orange as well during this time, (not really an Abarth), but it was modified and had the loudest exhaust that I had ever heard. Really wanted a 131 Abarth Rallye, but ended up going to other makes for a while before buying what I still consider one of the best cars ever - an integrale.

Integrales were developed by the Abarth guys, so I guess they qualify for this forum? Mine was a 94M Giallo Evo 2 that I kept for about 6 years. I used it as my daily car for about a year, (probably the best driving year of my life) before getting company cars at the places that I worked. Then it spent its time in the garage, coming out for weekend and evening blasts. Ended up selling it due to the fact that I felt that I wasn't using it enough and with child number 1 on the way, I thought that I would end up using it even less.

With a car history like this, I was always going to get a GPA when my company Golf came up for renewal.

I really hope that Abarth has a good future and develops their cars to give enthusiasts exactly what they want. I can certainly see myself getting more. The wife likes the 500 and my 2 kids (a 1yr old and 3yr old) are car mad. I can see a 500 Abarth and a weekend toy coming on. ;D

GPA in velocity red with leather, climate & skydome.

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    AlexK

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    Re: Older Abarth cars and being an Abarth fan
    « Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 02:39:13 am »
    I lusted after a 130TC when I was a teenager.  However, as an impoverished student, I had to make do with a 127 GT instead, but even that was a lot more fun than it really had any right to be.

    I nearly bought an Integrale a couple of times, and was in line to buy a mate's Lancia Stratos replica (the one built using the same components as the original) at one time, but that unfortunately coincided with the first big car insurance hike - the composite body panels made it practically uninsurable after that.

    The GPA became a definite attempt at regression for me, particularly after a near-fatal trip to hospital this summer.

    I quite fancy the idea of a 500 Abarth, but just know there's no chance of me fitting inside one.

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    Re: Older Abarth cars and being an Abarth fan
    « Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 11:11:31 am »
    I got one of my ex-girlfriends to buy a 127 GT when I had my first 130TC. It was a great little car and only cost about £400. Very skinny tyres though! She crashed it after we had split up and ended up getting an older 127 Sport as a replacement.

    Never regretted buying the integrale, but I definitely regret selling it. A Stratos would be nice if I had £100K spare.

    Sorry to hear about the hospital trip. Hope you're back to full strength now.

    I'm 6ft and I feel that my head is almost touching the roof of the GPA. Shame you can't lower the seat further. Not sat inside a 500 yet, so I'm unsure what it would be like.
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    Re: Older Abarth cars and being an Abarth fan
    « Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 02:34:46 pm »
    I'm 6ft 4 - the 'pod' on the 500's dashboard where the gearlever sprouts from is right where my left knee needs to be, so I think that's ruled that out.

    Anyone else?

    John501, you had a yellow Strada Abarth, didn't you?  You may have to dig out pics...

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    Re: Older Abarth cars and being an Abarth fan
    « Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008, 03:53:28 pm »
    Could barely afford the car back then, so a luxury like a camera would never have happened!!!
    The Strada that Alex is reffering to was 130 TC in yellow. I bought it from an auction in Exeter in about 1994, It was lovely, bright, loud, averything you wanted out of a car.
    As with most people at about 20, I thought I could drive like Mario Andretti, so I went everywhere with my foot flat to the floor. The car handled really well for older standards.
    We parted company, when one day whilst travelling at MACH 3, I had to hit the brakes VERY hard. At that point the pedal box ripped a very large whole out of the bulkhead.
    I was left with a pedal box still connected to the cables and a large peice of rusty bulk head. My local freindly mechanic told me " Thats F*****d boy, It won't take a weld, best you tow him down the scrappy!" Which I did and got a whole £20 in return for my car.
    God I wish I still had it now!!!!
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