Festival Italia, small car content.

Festival Italia, small car content.

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lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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Second year of this at Brands Hatch,super weather and big turn out.























lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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I chatted with the owner of this RHD Barchetta,he originally went to an auction to buy a Frogeye Sprite but heard about this car for sale and binned the Sprite idea and bought this instead.He said he'x wanted a Barchetta for ages but not LHD and he didn't know that any RHD cars existed.
Rarer than hens teeth but some out there.




lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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These 2 Abarths were my favourites of the day.




lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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Larger cars are available.












Replica......for sale ....£52K






generationx

3,616 posts

69 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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Is the RHD Barchetta a conversion or factory-built? If the latter that can go in the "Cars I Didn't Know Existed" thread for me!

lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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None of them were factory done.

Dtr Sports cars who imported them when new,converted 6 cars iirc but at 100 hours work it wasn't cost effective.
More cars have been converted since,some well ,some amateur,heard from one owner that his car was done in Germany which sounds odd.

TCEvo

8,874 posts

166 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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Good selection of cars there - similar to the Brooklands Auto Italia earlier in the year - I took a photo of that Panda there, thought it was really cool.

THP150

198 posts

115 months

Monday 14th August 2017
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It was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday, great car and great weather.

Mr Tidy

13,712 posts

91 months

Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Thanks for posting those photos OP. thumbup

Always had a soft spot for 70s Italian cars - the day I passed my test I was allowed to borrow my Mum's Fiat 127! Such a great little car!

Then a year later I got to buy my Dad's Fiat 125 as he had had a stroke and couldn't drive any more. frown But at least I could drive him places in it. It was the first car I managed to get to a three-figure speed! I also had a 132 1800ES a few years later. They were just so much more technically advanced than anything British, with twin-cam engines, 4 wheel disc brakes, etc. (Even if they did rot while you watched). laugh

Great to see a photo of a 128 Coupe - I can't remember the last time I saw one of those! But I can remember the first time I went in one in the early 80s - it belonged to my GF's best mate and she drove it like she stole it!

I tried to talk my Mum into buying a 128 3P or 127 Sport in 1978, but she bought a Fiesta instead - it was good but nothing like as good as the Fiat options! (Plus it cost more)!

Must resist the urge to head off to the classifieds! laugh

lucido grigio

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44,044 posts

127 months

Wednesday 16th August 2017
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That 70s brown 128 coupe was parked near to me in the general parking but Auto Italia magazine picked it out to display next to

their tent ,parked next to an F40.

I remember seeing them in period and liked the shape ,preferred it to the later 3P but nearly all the cars have rotted away ,so seeing this one is

always a highlight.

There was a racing 128 saloon in the paddock but I have a problem with the pics on phone ,I think the pic file is full ,it has 6500 pics in it.

Mr Tidy

13,712 posts

91 months

Friday 18th August 2017
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lucido grigio said:
That 70s brown 128 coupe was parked near to me in the general parking but Auto Italia magazine picked it out to display next to

their tent ,parked next to an F40.

I remember seeing them in period and liked the shape ,preferred it to the later 3P but nearly all the cars have rotted away ,so seeing this one is

always a highlight.

There was a racing 128 saloon in the paddock but I have a problem with the pics on phone ,I think the pic file is full ,it has 6500 pics in it.
Shame about the lack of pics, but those early 127s and 128s were just such good cars. thumbup

I also preferred the look of the 128 Coupe, but by the time my Mother was looking the Coupe was gone and the 3P would have worked better as my Dad was in a wheelchair following a massive stroke. That's primarily why I got to take over his 125. frown

lucido grigio

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127 months

Friday 18th August 2017
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Glad you bumped this again as I realised there was other ways to post the pics I couldn't do the other day.

How nice is this 128 ?
Driver even had a good Italian name Giovanni di Gennaro

lucido grigio

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127 months

Friday 18th August 2017
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I've moved a few more pics which I can now post.


Being LHD,this might be badged a Ritmo,rather than Strada.












This "Boule d'or" car is a replica of a car I saw in the Spa museum in Belgium in May.

lucido grigio

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Note on this car said it's done just 11500 miles,been stored under a cover for ages.
Paint was slightly rubbed in places but largely immaculate.




What a beauty in blue.




generationx

3,616 posts

69 months

Friday 18th August 2017
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Love the 131 Abarths (replica or not) cloud9

Mr Tidy

13,712 posts

91 months

Monday 21st August 2017
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Sod the Fiats - how often do you see one Alfa Romeo Montreal, never mind two?

Thanks for the photos Lucido! thumbup