The original FIAT 131 was actually a boring looking car from the FIAT stable. But what made the complete turnaround was after racing firm Abarth (now FIAT's racing division) decided to modify the boxy car, fully. What became of it, is history.
Well-known designing firm Bertone was instrumental in modifying this car, beginning with the chassis. The car was given full independent suspension instead of the factory made rigid rear axle. The engine power increased from 1230 cc to 1995 cc, a Lampredi designed twin-cam unit incorporated and disc brakes provided on all the four wheels.
Outside, the body was given a completely new makeover with boot and roof spoilers (the projected flap on a car that helped to stop the incoming air from flowing around the vehicle). Barring the roof and the doors, all the panels used were of fibre-glass helping the car in overall weight reduction, but this part of the work was the most tricky – each part had to be rivetted and bonded with the steel frame. Wide fenders were also provided.
All these improvements made the model, an ideal car for racing and it did so. The Abarth 131 model won the World Championship Rally thrice (1977, 1978 and 1980) in just 4 years time.
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||11 x 5 x 5|