We all know that heritage is going to become enormously important for the legacy car makers as electrification takes hold. It should give them a selling point over start up rivals and will surely help build trust in the new era as the buying public see familiar badges on new technology. Reminding everyone it used to make cool cars in the past (and may well do the same in the future) can only help, too.
With the paint barely dry on the new company signs, Stellantis has announced that its range of spare parts for old models is being extended. The Heritage Parts department, created in late 2019 as a collaboration between FCA and Mopar, first launched with Delta Integrale bumpers. It then expanded to include bits for the 147 GTA (see what we meant about old, cool cars) and is now broadening its remit even further.
More bits for perhaps the most famous Lancia of all makes sense; even the youngest Deltas are now more than 25 years and, as well as being the most successful rally car ever, they're now worth a lot of money. For all involved, it must be worth keeping them as good as possible. So now Heritage Parts is offering new wings, doors, and a bonnet as official spares, built from low carbon steel. Which means the same alloy, but with extra galvanisation - handy.
Whole new models have joined the range too, with the Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider, GT, 147 and 156 all now catered for by Heritage Parts. For the moment, there are 10 injection control units and 21 body parts, which cover the Fiat Barchetta and Coupe as well. "All these spare parts are vital to safeguard the collectible and financial value of these 'youngtimer' cars", says Stellantis. You don't say. All were seemingly commonplace until about a decade ago in the UK; now, not so much. The 156 is the perfect example: in 2010 HowManyLeft reckons there were 2,800 2.0 Twin Sparks taxed in the UK - last year it was 105. They need saving!
Though the Heritage Parts can be ordered from the Stellantis network or directly from the Mopar store, it's said that everything is being built in limited numbers and subject to availability. Move fast, then, if you want nothing but the best for your old Italian stallion. It ought to be worth it in the long run, too - a good GTV Cup like this already commands £15k...
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