Fiat 131 Abarth by Graham RobsonFiat 131 Abarth by Graham Robson

Fiat 131 Abarth

byGraham Robson

Paperback | December 15, 2008

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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?
Graham Robson is one of the most experienced, prolific and versatile motoring historians in the world, and is recognized as one of the authorities on anything concerning Ford in motorsport. He watched his first F1 GP - at Aintree - in 1955, and has never lost touch with the cars, the technical trends, and - most importantly - the perso...
Title:Fiat 131 AbarthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:128 pages, 8.44 × 7.69 × 0.44 inShipping dimensions:8.44 × 7.69 × 0.44 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Veloce PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1845841824

ISBN - 13:9781845841829


Editorial Reviews

"An excellent read." - Fleet Car"Very well illustrated with black and white and colour photos, this is another good edition to an interesting series." - New Zealand Classic Car"A good insight into the story behind one of the most successful rally cars of the 1970s." - Motor Sport"A good read: Here's another for your Christmas present list. 'Fiat 131 Abarth' from the Rally Giants series by Graham Robson published by Veloce..." - The Motor Cycling Club, November 2008 UK club newsletter"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