September 26, 2005

●FIAT 131 Mirafiori Abarth

It never seezes to amaze me the cars you get to see in Tokyo. Spotted this orange Fiat 131 homologation special at Super Autobacs just outside Tokyo. Brings back a lot of memories as my father used to drive this (albeit the normal road car) back when I was a little kid and it's the first car I ever got to drive. They were built between 1976 and 1981 and people might recall Walter Röhl won a few rallies with this thing!!

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Powered by a twin-carb, twin-cam, 2.0 L 4-cylinder FIAT engine it develops 140PS at 6,400 rpm and considering the 985 Kg it must still be a fun car to drive. It was the Italian version of the AE86!! They even made a Shilouette Group 5 racer based on the 131. It was powered by a 260PS 3.5 L V6.

Rally car....
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Gr.5 racer...
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Posted by dino at September 26, 2005 10:44 AM
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what an awesome car! i love the look of those old boxy style rally cars, so amazing

Posted by Maxx at September 28, 2005 12:25 PM

Dear sir,
Firstly, please allow me to compliment you on your photography, I been visiting your blog for a while now and am always impressed. I am leaving a comment cause I loved my 1st car, a 1980 Fiat 131 Racing 2000TC. If only there was the web for resources before I had to junk the car cause it was getting too difficulty to get parts and costly to fix the rust here in Singapore.... I have moved on to other Japanese cars now, I had an Evo 7 that was tuned by Koyama of Jun before.
Regards. Ciao Senior.

Posted by Zpeedo at September 30, 2005 11:32 PM

Great car! This is the last Fiat World Rally Champion in 1980 both in drivers (with Walter Rohrl) and manufacturer championship. A piece of italian history.

Posted by Mitch at October 2, 2005 06:46 PM
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