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Fiat Strada

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More information added......................... price set to invite offers, but theres also a spares package available listed below, other projects beckon so looking to sell

Fiat Strada/Ritmo Abarth 130tc

I got this as a rolling shell some 10 years ago, and have built it up over the years to create a club sport variant of this classic hatch, made easier as the interior was missing when I got it! the plan was
to race the car but as it started to take shape it was too nice to race so I planned to do some of the classic club events with it thus it has competed at the Brighton Speed trials, Crystal Palace Sprint, Track days at Brands Hatch where it was pictured in Retro Cars magazine, and taken it to classic car shows where some people have never seen one, as a matter of fact it seems to be the only one that has been seen out and about these past couple of years, the DVLA database shows an average of 3 of these taxed at any one time......a rare car!
Please take note when I set out to do this car I had ideas of what I wanted spec wise so its not an original example so if you want an original one this is not for you!

Over 8 long years I brought the car back to life....


front section of roof panel replaced,
bonnet replaced
tailgate replaced(all these panels sourced from 65cl strada)
repairs to floors and sills
fuel filler area modified for aero cap
repaint in fiat red racing original colour code
Mk2 front and rear bumpers
Mk2 grille which was a New old stock(NOS) part
NOS tailgate badges including super rare 'Ritmo130tc' badge
New windscreen(one stonechip/repaired gained on cars first outing...dammit!)
The door window frame wind deflectors where so opaque I had them painted black as they had to go back on being original and
quirky parts!
Door mirrors replaced with vitaloni californian mirrors
heater system deleted, alloy battery carrier located on centre bulkhead
Bonnet secured with OMP pins, door and tailgate locks present with keys
Tailgate lightened rear wiper assy deleted, new gas strut

Suspension and brakes:

Front Brakes are Wilwood midlite 4 piston calipers with EBC green pads, running on standard Abarth vented discs
Rear brakes are stock drum rebuilt with new wheel cylinders/shoes
Metal braided flexiable brake hoses
All metal brake lines replaced
New handbrake cable
New master cylinder
Rebuilt servo
All bushes on suspension replaced from rear arms to front anti roll bar bushes, poly bushes on front bottom arms
New wheel bearings front and rear
Koni adjustable shocks rebuilt by Gaz shocks, rears converted to top adjustable
Stock Abarth rear leaf sprint
Lowered uprated front springs
New trackrod ends and joints replaced
Steering now 'EPAS' corsa B power assisted

Abarth 5.5 x 14 four spoke alloy wheels, refurbished, fitted with Yokohama A048R tyres

Exhaust and Fuel system:

OMP Grp N exhaust system/abarth manifold
Twin 40 DCOE Weber carbs rebuilt
Alloy carb mounts replaces the troublesome rubber mounts
ITG one piece foam filter
filter king regulator with bowl
Facet silver top fuel pump
fuel tank removed and flushed, fuel filler modifed for
Mocal alloy aircarft style fuel filler set into rear wing(lockable)
All metal and flexi fuel lines replaced


Fiat 8v twincam 130tc engine, rebuilt with new pistons and shells,
Cyl head rebuilt with new valves/springs/seals
New water pump
Oil pump refurbished
New cam belt
(above covered 400 miles so far)

New old stock abarth ZF gearbox, Castrol ZF approved gear oil used from 0 miles, so box has covered 1500miles from new
CG motorsport heavy duty clutch
I had a new clutch cable made but was too stiff so i used a selection of used ones until
I got a nice light pedal
Wasp hitorque starter motor

New engine mounts x 3 and custom made rose jointed 3 point engine top steady replacing the
flimsy original!
Abarth digiplex ignition system with new cap/rotor/coil magnecor KV85 plug leads

Fiat punto turbo alloy radiator with silicone hoses throughout, new thermostat and alloy coolant pipes
Chromed top coolant feed pipe
R5 turbo alloy exspansion tank
Evans waterless coolant used
Large dash board switchable cooling fan
13 row oil cooler plumbed in with Mocal 'blue' oil hose

Interior and electrical:

OMP 90s spec six point rollcage, not MSA/Fia approved but fine for sprints/hillclimbs/trackdays where competing in a road going class(not racing)
Longacre Nascar style panoramic rear view mirror bolted to cage
Original Abarth door trims(took some finding!)
Flocked upper and lower door trims
Red anodised window winder handles
Flocked dash board with original instrument panel, flocked instrument pod
Centre of pod modified to take three STACK 52mm gauges for oil pressure, water temperature and volts
Original rev counter rebuilt by speedy cables, a spare rebuilt speedo is also included
Dash bar fitted with switch panel to bring within reach of driver, with controls for lighting and wipers etc
and large starter button!
Fiat ignition key/switch assy mounted on corsa column
Corsa powered column picks up on dash bar with custom brackets
Lower dash had battery master switch and brake bias adjust controls
original centre console flocked
Seats: sparco evo style in red side mounted.
Very rare and tasty 'personal' 3 spoke leather steering wheel on snap off boss
As a corsa column is fitted there is a simple indicator stalk fitted
SRS 3" six point harness for driver, std inertia belt for passenger
Rest of interior inc headling trimmed in black, no rear seats giving loads of room!

A video of the car in action october 2016,,,,,,


Or just search on youtube for 'Andy Davies Strada Abarth' theres footage from brands hatch, brighton and debden.

Im very easy on the car using no more than 5000rpm (5500 max!) although i did hit a marker cone at debden (no damage done!)

a great car to drive, and a taste of proper hot hatches from the 80s and indecently quick for a 31 year old car! taking the age into account its in really good condition, the respray and repairs have helped! but its a rare rare car, I want it to go to someone who appreciates what it is and how special these quirky, handsomely ugly cars are! I can supply more pictures or a walk around video please ask and I will supply, I can supply details of good shipping companies for sending the car overseas to USA etc please let me know, of course I require we get the sale of the car sorted then you can arrange shipping with companies I know or please use your own, provided the car is paid for first, please ask for details.

Competition and event history:

Crystal Palace Sprint 2014
Bromley Motor Pageant 2014
Brighton Speed Trials 2014
Retro cars magazine track day Brands Hatch
Oh So Retro show 2014

Crystal Palace Sprint 2015
Retro Cars magazine Brands Hatch 2015
(engine failure after 50 laps! overrevving!!!!!, engine rebuilt after this)

Italia Car Day Brands Hatch 2016
Classics in the Common Harpenden 2016
Debden Autumn Sprint 2016

view at my workshop anytime at MLMotorsport ME37JA

Mot till july 2017 and taxed

I have loads of pictures of the car in build etc, please message for a link to the album

I have a spares package that could be sold with the car if a suitable deal can be done, parts include...........

2 x Spare ZF gearbox ( one in original fiat packing case)
4 pirellii alloys (need refurbish) all with tyres fitted
mk3 grille
rare 2nd rear spoiler that fits to top of hatchback lid
driveshafts and cv joints
front brake assy original type
original steering column and shroud
one gallon evans waterless coolant £50 on its own!
various wiper motors front and rear
dash plastic parts and door parts
one spare wind deflector pass side
pair stock abarth front springs
various boxes of small plastic and mechanical parts
OMP door bar kit for rollcage

key Facts

  • Ad ID
  • Ad type
    For sale
  • Last updated
  • Category
    Fiat > Strada
  • Vehicle sub type
  • Colour
  • Colour type
    Non metallic
  • Drivetrain
    Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel type
  • Gear type
  • Year
  • Mileage
    75049 mi
  • MOT expiry
    Jul 2017
  • Power
    130 hp
  • Doors
  • Seats
  • Engine Size
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37a nuralite ind est, canal rd
Rochester, me37ja, Kent
United Kingdom

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