Fiat 131 Abarth

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When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World Rally Champion and the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 provided the machinery to make that possible. Within the Fiat-Lancia empire, the 131 Abarth not only replaced the 124 Abarth Spider sports car, but was also favored ahead of the charismatic Lancia Stratos. By 1970s standards, the 131 Abarth was the most extreme, and effective, of all homologation specials. Compared with the 131 family car on which it was originally based, it had different ...

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2008 Brand new paperback. 128 pages, 100 illustrations. When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World Rally Champion and the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 ... provided the machinery to make that possible. Within the Fiat-Lancia empire, the 131 Abarth not only replaced the 124 Abarth Spider sports car, but was also favored ahead of the charismatic Lancia Stratos. By 1970s standards, the 131 Abarth was the most extreme, and effective, of all homologation specials. Compared with the 131 family car on which it was originally based, it had different engine, transmission and suspension layouts, was backed by big budgets and by a team of superstar drivers, and was meant to win all around the world. Not only did it start winning World rallies within months of being launched, but in 1977, 1978 and 1980 the works team also won the World Championship for Makes, and set every standard by which Rally Giants were to be judged. The 131 Abarth was backed by a peerless team of engineers, so was there ev Read more Show Less

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When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World Rally Champion and the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 provided the machinery to make that possible. Within the Fiat-Lancia empire, the 131 Abarth not only replaced the 124 Abarth Spider sports car, but was also favored ahead of the charismatic Lancia Stratos. By 1970s standards, the 131 Abarth was the most extreme, and effective, of all homologation specials. Compared with the 131 family car on which it was originally based, it had different engine, transmission and suspension layouts, was backed by big budgets and by a team of superstar drivers, and was meant to win all around the world. Not only did it start winning World rallies within months of being launched, but in 1977, 1978 and 1980 the 'works' team also won the World Championship for Makes, and set every standard by which Rally Giants were to be judged. The 131 Abarth was backed by a peerless team of engineers, so was there ever any doubt that successors like the Lancia Rally 037 and the Delta Integrale would eventually come from the same stable?

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"The book is a good read, describing every facet of the car's development and rallying career accurately and in detail." – Old Stager

"Latest in the excellent Rally Giant paperback series is the successful Fiat 131 Abarth ... Robson covers development, key players and each season in detail. There's also plenty of historic sideways photos of this rear-wheel-drive legend." – Classic & Sports Car

"Veloce is to be congratulated on devoting an entire book to this hugely successful all-Italian rally star. And, like the rest of the Rally Giants series, author Robson's in-depth knowledge of the subject and his impressive attention to details make it a great read." – Classic Car Mart

Veloce's Rally Giants series has produced some of our favourite single-model books. Delve inside this volume and you'll find 128 informative pages and almost 100 photographs extensively documenting the Fiat 131's rallying history." – Wheels, United Arab Emirates

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845841829
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Rally Giants Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Robson possesses an international reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years. Not only as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator and observer, but above all as an enthusiastic historian, in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. His experience of rallying is worldwide. He has competed in many British and European events, reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller on the legendary London-Mexico World Cup rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is among the most prolific of authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years he has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in this landmark Rally Giants series, and his insight into their merits is unmatched.

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