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Offline AusAbarth

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Hello from Australia
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:53:18 am »
The forum name is AusAbarth – in real life it is Joseph and yes I am from Australia.  A big thanx  :thumb:to the administrators who have allowed me join as this forum is primarily for UK residents. 

Confession ....I am an Italian car tragic !!!!  I just think that there is this fundamental immeasurable quality about Italian Cars that is addictive and applies from the most humble Panda right up to the most exclusive Ferrari.  My first car was a Fiat 850 Sport (with high compression Abarth pistons BTW), followed by a Fiat 128 3P, followed by another Fiat 128 3P, followed by an Alfa 33, followed by a Citroen Xantia (hey, there was a time that no new Italian cars were available in Australia, at least the Xantia was designed by Bertone) and now I drive a Alfa 156 Selepeed that I have had for the past 11 years, since new.  And I just now recently placed an order for my A5oo – after much waiting and hassles. 

A bit over a year ago I was going to buy a regular 5oo.   I became bogged down in unable to easily get my preferred specification (unfortunately in Oz we have a very limited range of options) so I was stuck in negotiations with the dealers as what was possible and what was not.   In the meantime rumours started that the Abarth was going to be released in Australia since which time I have lusted over the Abarth.     At first it was to be released last June, then in October and then never, then maybe, but as strictly limited numbers.  I was in contact with the importer and the sticking point apparently was the insistence from Abarth wanting the separate dealer network here, which is ridiculous as currently Fiat only sell the 5oo in Australia and even then they average about 25 cars per month !!.  Late last year it all looked grim :( :(.  Then two weeks ago a press release was released say the first shipments is due now and sales commence this week ;D.    I cannot tell you how excited I was at that time!!!   

Talked to a few dealers and was told it was only available in the SS trim and only in White, Black or Red with the standard cloth interior with no special orders being accepted.  And it is only being supplied in limited numbers due to the high European demand.  Of course what I wanted is a Grey with the red interior....a very common combo.  AND I want standard model (not the SS) as it needs to be lower than 100kW/tonne so that my young sons can learn to drive and drive on their provisional licences (I will trade the 156 on the Alfa Giulietta QV soon after the Abarth & that car just blows away the 100kW/tonne criteria) ......I was a bit deflated at that time. :'( :'( :'(

So I recently asked the importer (in a way around about way – though a mate of a mate of mate of a mate network) about special orders – this applied to both the Abarth and the Giulietta.  Late last week I got a call from a dealer that I have never dealt with – “sure we can do your orders, when can you pop in !!!!”    I was just floored :lala: :lala:.  I specced up my new toy that night and am finalising the paperwork even as we speak now.    Oh – it will a Campovolo Grey (the only one in Australia) with Red Leather and the 5 petal alloys and should planned for a May build.    The downside will be price (about the same as the Mito QV !!) and worse still the 6 month wait

I just think that the Abarth 5oo is the epitome (OK maybe not THE but certainly a great example) of what is great about Italian cars – the character, the charm, it’s small, feisty, spirited and after seeing heaps while on holiday in Europe in August I was hooked

I have been lurking as a guest on this site since the first time the Abarth popped into my head & cannot wait to ask many, many questions, seek some guidance and hopefully contribute to the forum as a whole

Cheers
So Loving Ruby

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    Offline tonyspurs

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 06:26:25 am »
    Great first post :thumb:
    Wow a six month wait :o still there will be plenty of info here to wet your appetite until the big day!
    And you certainly won't be disappointed with it when it arrives,anyway 6 months gives you plenty of time to buy extras!!!
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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 06:36:15 am »
    G'day  ;D  ( always wanted to say that  ::) )

    welcome and WOW great to see the little 500 is making it 'down under'. sorry promise I will stop and won't mention the cricket  ::) oops  :P

    anyway, your right in what you say, I feel now having had mine for 8 months the character of him, as you put it he is feisty but with a the sort of character of a good looking boy who knows he is too  ;)

    you will love it, you have the perfect weather over there aswell, i.e not like our english rain, so less washing for you! very jealous!

    grey and red leather and petals = very nice combo, are you going to put the SS kit on or even the monza exhaust?

    anyway welcome again  :wave:
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    Offline AusAbarth

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 06:49:01 am »
    Thanx for the welcomes

    Yes 6 months is long, too long, 26 weeks - so I laugh when I see ppl here whinging about their wait times ---- I wish !!!

    No I am not getting a SS - as it needs to be lower than 100kW/tonne so my boys can eventually drive it (orders from the Financial Controller) the standard car just scrapes in at 99kW/tonne.   Anyways I have plans for it  :whistle: as this will be my plaything.  And in 6 months I can start getting "stuff" to keep me occupied

    Cricket - meh !!!  was a fan once, but since Ponting nah ---- in fact I was glad that the Brits won the Ashes

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 07:10:17 am »
    Hello & welcome it's going to be a long wait but well worth it  :)

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 10:37:43 am »
    Hello Joe, think we spoke on the Fiat forum? Glad you finally joined this site, we'll do our best to keep you amused for 6 months. Lots of pics in the members cars section!

    I'm sure the wait will be worth it, yours will be truly unique in Aus!  :thumb:

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 10:57:17 am »
    Hi Joe and welcome.

    It goes to show persistence pays off in the end. Look forward to the car being photographed with a 'different' background.
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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 11:03:50 am »
    Hello Joe, think we spoke on the Fiat forum? Glad you finally joined this site, we'll do our best to keep you amused for 6 months. Lots of pics in the members cars section!

    I'm sure the wait will be worth it, yours will be truly unique in Aus!  :thumb:

    Yep - that was me

    And yes I have been wasting an hour or two checking out the Members' Car - getting all inspired .......(hummmmmm maybe I should have gone with the RED)

    Now sure about being unique - as I knew of others here who wanted the Campovolo Grey

    Now back to Members' section for more Abarth p**n - surprised that my interweb filter allows me to look at those pics.
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    Offline AusAbarth

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 11:06:56 am »
    Hi Joe and welcome.

    It goes to show persistence pays off in the end. Look forward to the car being photographed with a 'different' background.
    Martin

    Thanx GTM,

    As I said I have just been checking out those pic's in the Members' section - some are outstanding !!!!  The Avatar for FourHero is frankly superb
    So Loving Ruby

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 11:07:05 am »
    Welcome to the forum!! As DF said there is loads of car p**n on Member's Section. This will keep you busy for a bit. You could start getting bits and bobs and Abarthisti sticker  ;).
    Enjoy your stay. :wave:

    PS I was complaining for my six weeks  :o I will never say a word about it anymore, keep us posted.

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 11:24:00 am »
    Welcome!

    Offline AusAbarth

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 11:32:37 am »
    Exactly - that is what I intend to do is to buy a "little something" every month

    After all the paperwork is done and dusted the first thing on the list is the Abarth Vintage car cover - silly I know, but its that sort of car, n'est pa ??
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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011, 12:06:49 pm »
    Think you may want to look in the commercial section of this forum in particular the TMC section one of the boxes could be put on quickly for when you want to drive with a bit more power!  :thumb:

    Offline AusAbarth

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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011, 12:18:02 pm »
    Think you may want to look in the commercial section of this forum in particular the TMC section one of the boxes could be put on quickly for when you want to drive with a bit more power!  :thumb:

    Oh that is already on the list  ;) - SS in a box, it sells itself
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    Re: Hello from Australia
    « Reply #14 on: March 08, 2011, 12:39:10 pm »
    oh yes I totally forgot about pictures with background, can we have a picture with the blue mountain behind it please  ;D
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