Fiat da Rally. By Carlo Alberto Gabellieri. Italian text.
Fiat’s presence in rallies dates back to the beginning of the last century, at the time of the first regularity races in Italy and abroad: tourist gatherings rather than real rallies. The Turin manufacturer also took part in the first competitive races of the thirties and forties, as well as in the pure regularity tests, held in the following decades with the various “Topolino”, 1100/103, 600 and 500. The era of gold of Fiat in rallies, which began in the mid-1960s with the 124 Berlina, Sport Spider and 125, was consolidated in the early 1970s, which marked the transition from a semi-official commitment (with the 124 Sport Spider 1600, 125 Special and 128 Sport Coupé) to a direct involvement of Fiat in the various championships with the Fiat 124 Abarth Rally, 124 ST and X1 / 9 Abarth), which led the Turin brand to the world title in 1980 with the 131 Abarth Rally. This is the subject of the volume, for the first time in an organic way, which documents the participation of Fiat in the rallies, through hundreds of previously unpublished images, in support of a rigorous text in the historical reconstruction of the facts. The volume also addresses Fiat’s participation in the single-model trophies of the last thirty years (with the Uno, Uno Turbo, Cinquecento, Seicento, Stilo, Punto and Panda), and does not forget the recent official return of Fiat in rallies with the great Punto S2000.