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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by AceE, Mar 6, 2018.
Fiat 500. AWD. 350 hp.
The more basic models are not too expensive as well....and their suv thingy is quite nice.
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nice.. yeah, back in the day, shortly after I got my first FIAT, I started acquiring the ones that were giveaways "just come get it out of my yard" some needed only a fuse or starter to get back on the road! that didnt last long though, maybe five years but they stay pretty low cost and the 124 Spiders are still affordable for what they are.
I joined your club (FLU) and volunteered at a few the national events that were in the SE. that cute orange car is from the '98 FreakOut.
i also remember when the German collectors came in and bought up most of the really nice pininfarina 2000s. those german cars are more expensive to 'drive hard' too though. well, at least my kinda hard drives LOL most dont survive but I can say for sure that the 131 is the toughest car Ive ever killed, took way more abuse than anything else, even the Baja bugs that I routinely motocrossed. they are the most impressive box car of them all.
thats where I met him. it was either Car Guys track days or the braselton driving club. ended up working at Rd.Atlanta and the owner at the time, Jim Kanely also had several Italian exotics but his racecar was also an 850. I was maintaining it for him toward the end of his track owner career and often had the track all to myself. dreams do come true!
I got the ITB car from the Baucoms but while I was picking it up I stopped in at FCI and got the VIP tour. most impressive was not the showroom but the shop where a privately owned 333SP was being rebuilt. it had a hell of a story behind it and Ferrari did not like the owner so they sabotaged it. years later I got to know the owner pretty well and had a chance to drive it! OMG!
my shop was very low key and stayed that way.
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Ive moved into a bigger one but still dont advertise it publicly.
Looks like a two-door Ford Fusion (if there was one),....which looks a bit like an Aston Martin.
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had all access creds at Rd. Atlanta and got some pretty cool photos there over the years.
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may have to start a thread just for all the other racing cars..
a few from the FIAT Lancia Unlimited's national event at the biltmore house. 2003 IIRC
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I was a parts manager at a Fiat, Lancia, Alfa dealer in the mid 70's.
My mom had a 1981Spider 2000, she loved that car.
When she died my sister got it, then my brother.
He had it a long time and I would stop by and fire it up and take it out for a spin.
Had 80,000 miles on it when he decided to sell it.
my favorite alfa photo:
kept outside at the track on a foggy night and I was the Radio Tech there and the worst part of the job was that I had to be there before anyone else.
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there were several other kinds of cars that were left out that night. made for some really cool photos as the under structures were showing on the metal ones. kinda like an X-Ray.
some more alfas to balance it all out
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some of the FIATs i picked up back when they were free or next to nothing:
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this Brava wagon is oddly the one I regret selling the most.
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the next two photos from the web of the FIAT Lingoto factory:
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the roof was a testing ground! a complete banked oval, is that cool or what?
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there are more recent photos of it on the web. i gotta wonder who with what holds the lap record..
some engine porn:
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installed in my black '78 spider. it outlived the car in the end. I still have the engine. ;-)
Brother in law is on to his second one of these Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 V6 Q4
Will try to get some pictures on my mates tuned Lancia Delta Integrale Evo .......................... 290 bhp
We used an 850 Familiare as a parts and customer runner.
We had it painted red, white and green, looked pretty sweet.
Wish I had a picture of it.
Our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport...a happy, happy little car. Great around town, and surprisingly good on the highway. Makes both my wife and me smile every time. Zero problems since we bought it new.
Here is an Alfa you don't see very often. The Montreal.
Fiat would send us car commercials to use for marketing.
They had a stunt driver, Remy Jullienne take the cars out and thrash them.
Some of the ones they did were pretty amazing. Bet they went through a lot of cars filming.
Buddy of mine had an 850 when I was about 16. First time I ran across the cable operated window regulators. It had come off one of the pulleys... a real mess but I figured it out and got it fixed for him.
He drove the car for a few years until the passenger seat fell through the floor pan...
Hey, that's my car!
I know Peter Krause on a casual basis. He's an alien life form. No one drives like he does. I need to save up and get some on-track instruction from him (and I'm an instructor, lol). Gary Baucom...hadn't heard that name in ages. It's funny all of us Italian car folks seem to know the same people.
The Fiat 850 was SO rust prone, even for a Fiat. Fiat North America had to buy most of them back in a forced recall. I still have the paperwork from the dealer I worked for on all the ones they slaughtered. My little orange one eventually found its way to a local U-Pull-It a couple of years ago. Must have sat outside for years as there was nothing left but some fenders and a windshield.
Fiat and Alfa cable regulators were designed by the devil himself.
Remy Julienne did most of his work with Fiats. He was also in charge of all the stunts in the original Italian Job with the Austin Mini Coopers. His best work (with a Fiat 124 Sedan) was in Le Casse/The Burglars.
my all time fav Ferrari:
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i was there for the official debut of these cars and for this ones rolex24 win. got tons more on film that I need to scan someday.
this is a must watch vid of one @ Daytona:
was also there when Barbazza got T-Boned and split his 333SP in half. that is still the most intense crash Ive ever witnessed. got photos of the aftermath on film too. the engine headers were still glowing red hot on the engine that had the gearbox, rear wheels and wing still attached to it but the front half with the Fabrizzio in it was 100yards away.
that engine sounds like a glorious angel from trackside but from the cockpit it with the intake right next to your ear it sounds like an angry beast that want to eat you alive! 4 or five of them @ Daytona the first year they were there and had no rev limit sanctions was just incredible to listen to.