THIS CAR IS NOT FOR SALE .
the model story
The Fiat 124 Abarth Rallye came on rally scene in 1973 as a successor of the previous 124 Sport Spyder. It came with more powerful engine with 170hp. In the first race of the first official world rally championship season came on the second place just behind the famous Renault Alpine. Tne next season in 1974 Fiat came with the engine upgrade again. The new 1839ccm engine with 16-valve cylinder head and 210hp. This season was threatened by the fuel crisis and many races were canceled. But in the first run of the season in Protugal won the Fiat 1-2-3 with Pinto/Bernacchini on the first place. The problem of this car was weight with its 980kg. It was dissadvantage in compare with Lancia Stratos. But what Fiat made well was the Colloti straight-cut gearbox with extremely close-ration. The car was superb to drive because it was based on road sports car. The Fiat gave all in to beat the Lancia, but in the end of the season they lost 5 points on the winning Lancia. They won the national italian championship at least. In 1975 won Lancia again in WRC, Fiat won in Italy and europian championship but they did not reach the WRC title so gave up for expensive war with Lancia and they focused on the development of the new car - Fiat 131 Abarth, which is also a part of invelt collection.
1973 - World Rally Campionship - 2nd place
1974 - World Rally Campionship - 2nd place
1974 - Italian Championship - 1st place - Verini/Macaluso
1975 - WRC Manufacturer - 2nd place
1975 - Europian Championship - 1st place - Verini/Rossetti
1975 - Italian Championship - 1st place - Cambiaghi/Bertocci
story of our car
The FIAT 124 Abarth registered TOL 69744 is the first car in a series of five made with 16 valve 210hp engine built for Group 4. It was made in summer 1974. It was registered on the 20th of September and made its debut in the RAC Rally in November with race number 21, driven by Alcide Paganelli (1970 Italian Rally championship winner) and finished 24th. It next raced in the Tour de Corse with Giorgio Pianta (who did most of the 124 Abarth’s development) still with number 21 but did not finish. In 1975 it was used as a back-up reconnaissance car by Markku Alen and was notably seen reconnoitring in Morocco with him.
On the 20th of May 1976 it was sold to Mario Pasetti, a FIAT dealer in Castelfranco de Veneto who entered it in local rallies. It was next sold to Alfredo Turchetto in 1979 who mainly raced the car in northern Spain until his retirement in 1981. The car was next purchased in 1988 by the prominent Italian collector Stefano Durelli and incorporated the collection of Yves Saguato in Monaco. In 1998 the car was brought to Beppe Volta the famous Italian rally car specialist, and underwent a top quality restoration preserving all of the car’s original components including the ultra rare 16V fuel injected engine and the straight cut Colotti gearbox. The car was completed in 2000 and participated in the Monte Carlo Historic rally in 2002. Subsequently it had very little use bar a few outings and spent its time on display in the collection in Monaco. In 2014 this fantastic 124 Abarth was sold to a French collector who enjoyed it participating in some of the major European rallies such as the San Remo Storico and the Portugal Historico. In June 2016 TOL 69744 went back to Torino to the Abarth Classiche center to be certified, presented in an impressive book similar to those delivered by Ferrari Classiche giving details of all the original components. To the invelt collection Fiat came in 2017.