We seem to like the same sort of cars - the Fiat 130 is one of Pininfarina's most elegant designs.BluntFronts said:Great pics! I've been a big fan of Fiat for many years. Those are all wonderful models. Thanks for sharing them with us.
The 130 Coupe is one of Pininfarina's all time greats, IMO. I've always wondered how they managed to make a simple 3-box design look so beautiful.
You have an enviable collection. I also appreciate the fact that you post a wide variety of makers.
Would you happen to have 1/43s of two of my favorite Lancias, the 1970s Gamma Coupe & the 1960s Flavia Coupe?
Hey, what about the 124 Spider? I had one during the year it was called the "2000 Spider". What a tough looking little mini-Ferrari that bodystyle was. The two funniest things mine did were:ClearHooter said:We had 124's and 131's that we "maintained" that acrewed over 300,000 miles. Never could get that out of the X1/9 nor the 128 OHC. Infact I had a 128 for awhile. Wheel bearing troubles out the ying yang. I always thought that came about from the way the X1/9's were driven. (the 128 and X1/9 shared common wheel bearings) The 128 changed my opinion of that. The 128 was also the only car that I ever had a standard transmission to "grenade!" It was glorious! WHAM! BAM! WHAP! WHAP! WHAP! Casing busted all to pieces. Gear lube everywhere. No more FIAT's for me.....Hopefully
DANG! We didn't get ANY of the good lookin' FIAT's over here.
Ah, you must get a Stratos model - as you say 'tis a very desirable car.BluntFronts said:Thanks very much for posting the Lancias. They are excellent. I don't have nearly enough in my collection!
I see what you mean about the Tron Gamma coupe. It's a nice model, but it does seem to lose a bit of the original's elegance in the translation to 1/43 scale. Still, it's quite a worthy model to own, at least until Minichamps or the like decides to produce their own version.
I'm shocked that I don't have a 1/43 Stratos, which is one of the most desirable cars of all time, IMHO. I've got to put the Minichamps on my list. Thanks for the photo of your yellow one.
One of the Lancias I love most is the odd coupe with the rear quarter windows that curve up into the roof. I hope I can find a pic on the internet. I sometimes wish I lived in Europe so I could see all of these beautiful Lancias in their 1:1 versions once in awhile!
Agreed the 124 Spyder was a nice looking, reasonably dependable, car. It became even more dependable with the 2000 series. They quit chewing up exhaust valves when the rubber band broke. Had more than one of the 124's break a trailing arm. I always wondered if speed bumps might not have had something to do with that. Never had a shifter break that I recall. But I could see how it could happen.BluntFronts said:Hey, what about the 124 Spider? I had one during the year it was called the "2000 Spider". What a tough looking little mini-Ferrari that bodystyle was. The two funniest things mine did were:
1) The stick shift broke off of the transmission during stop-and-go traffic...in the middle of a two-lane bridge over the Missouri river. Luckily, it broke off while it was in second gear, so I could still make it home without too much traffic disruption. Somehow I was able to laugh all of the way there.
2) The front part of the rear suspension linkage broke off of the floorpan during freeway driving. I had heard a strange "bwwoorrp" noise under the rear seat area as I drove up the entrance ramp. Luckily (again) all it did was make the car veer slightly whenever I shifted gears. And it only cost a few bucks to have it welded back on. :thumbsup:
Both occurred before 40,000 miles. I still loved to drive it, but I had to face reality and get a more dependable car. It was truly a beauty, though.