1974 Fiat 131 Mirafiori
|Original purchase price: just under DM 10,000|
Would you have known that Walter Röhrl won the European Championship with Opel, but the World Rally Championship with the 131 in 1980? No, not quite this car, but an Abarth 131 Rally version built in 400 units for
homologation, with independent rear suspension and two-litre DOHC.
The first 131 Mirafiori, named after the factory and a district in Turin, had to make do with OHV engines. Here, the 1,300 engine produced just 40 kW (55 hp) at 5,000 rpm, less than 100 Nm with only 4 gears. As a novelty,
the bottom-mounted camshaft is driven by a toothed belt. There are two facelifts and from 1975 the estate version 'Familiare', later named 'Panorama'.
The Racing/Sport version is also listed in the data above. Instead of 103 kW (140 hp) of the road-going Abarth, the engine here produces 'only' 84 kW (113 hp). From 1978 onwards there is the Super-Mirafiori, where the
1.3L and 1.6L engines also have a double overhead camshaft. The range of engines is completed by 2.0L and 2.5L Diesel engines with 44 kW (60 hp) and 53 kW (72 hp).
In Italy, there is still a rare Volumetrico version with a compressor and 103 kW (140 hp). In Spain the car appears as Seat 131 and in Turkey it is produced until 2003. This would have been interesting so that it would have
kept the car alive longer, because for all the appreciation of the mechanics, the rust prevention seems to have been significantly worse again on this model than on the previous ones.