Rétromobile 2020 is staged at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
From 5 to 9 February FCA Heritage will participate in Rétromobile 2020, one of the most important European events dedicated to vintage vehicles, hosted in the suggestive Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The prestigious French show welcomes over 1,000 extraordinary cars and about 620 international exhibitors, and occupies an exhibition area of over 72,000 square meters. A place of honor at the event – which this year celebrates the 110th anniversary of Alfa Romeo by presenting the image of a magnificent 8C 2900 on its poster – belongs to FCA Heritage, the Group’s department dedicated to the protection and promotion of the historical heritage of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands
FCA Heritage presents itself at the prestigious French exhibition with new communication materials, a suggestive stand and renewed in design and, above all, a wide selection of cars from its precious historical collection. An example? The extremely rare 24 HP of 1910, the first car of the Milanese company founded on June 24, 1910 with the name ALFA (Società Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili). And alongside it the fascinating Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS which, specially prepared by FCA Heritage’s technical experts, triumphed at the 1000 Miglia 2019. Normally these two masterpieces are on display at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese.
Spotlights also lit on the timeless Fiat Panda that celebrates its first 40 years of life this year. On the stand are exhibited a Panda 30 from 1980, one of the first exemplary products of the Fiat icon, and the captivating and unique Panda Jolly which in 2006 was intended for an exclusive courtesy service on the island of Capri. The two cars on display highlight the proverbial freshness and sympathy of Panda, a symbolic car that has conquered over 7.5 million people worldwide.
Furthermore, at the Rétromobile 2020 show, the public can get to know the bumpers of the legendary Lancia Delta HF Integrale, the first spare parts of the “Heritage Parts” line dedicated to classic cars and produced by FCA Heritage together with Mopar. In particular, for the occasion, the highly sought-after pieces are visible on an experimental car from the 1990s belonging to the historic FCA Heritage collection and currently under restoration at the Officine Classiche.
Finally, on the stand you can admire three current models: the sporty Alfa Romeo Giulia MY20 presented in the new Red Villa d’Este color, the powerful Abarth 695 70th Anniversary and the exclusive Fiat Panda Trussardi. It is the best way to show the general public how the rarities of the past are still an inspiration for the future, an invaluable patrimony that few car groups in the world can boast.
ALFA 24 HP (1910)
The 24 HP, together with the 12 HP, is the first model of the Milanese brand resulting from the agreement between the rider Ugo Stella and the designer from Piacenza Giuseppe Merosi. In particular, the specimen exhibited in Paris features a torpedo body made by Ercole Castagna, which inaugurates a fruitful and lasting collaboration between his famous atelier and the Casa del Biscione. Alfa Romeo, in 1953, buys the car from its own dealer in Switzerland.
The 24 HP is positioned at a medium-high level in the automotive market of the time, with a traditional approach but not without innovations: the chassis is made of C-shaped sheet metal side members and cross members, the H-shaped front axle and semi-elliptical leaf spring suspensions.
The brakes on the rear wheels are hand-operated and pedal-operated drum. The engine is a four-cylinder in-line engine with cast iron cylinder block and fixed head. The lateral valves are controlled, by means of tappets, by a camshaft placed in the base. The displacement is 4084 cc for a power of 42 HP at 2200 rpm (later increased to 45 HP at 2400 rpm).
The transmission is particularly refined: the four-speed gearbox plus reverse is connected to the wheels by means of a transmission shaft in a single section inserted in a force stem. The wheels are Sankey type spokes. The curb weight of 1000 kg.
The absolutely outstanding performances – with a maximum speed of 100 km / h – and a particular constructive care decree its immediate success: up to 1913 about 200 chassis will be produced, divided into four series. Most of the chassis will be fitted with a torpedo body. Among other things, the “Corsa” version, with open two-seater bodywork and weight reduced to 870 kg, will take part with good results in various competitions, including the brilliant performance of Nino Franchini at the Targa Florio 1911: after having long run the race – characterized by adverse weather conditions – with a margin of more than 6 minutes ahead on the Scat of Ceirano, he will have to withdraw after being blinded by a splash of mud that will make him lose control and damage a wheel. Furthermore, at the outbreak of the First World War, the production of 24 HP chassis for the Italian Army began; subsequently, with Nicola Romeo’s intervention, the production will be suspended and the plants destined for other products. The chassis will be improved and completed after the war, giving rise to the 20-30 ES.
Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport (1928)
The Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Sport was born in 1928 precisely in the name of competitions: the compact six-cylinder in-line of only 1467 cm 3 , by virtue of the double overhead camshaft, the ratio of increased compression and double body carburetor goes from 44 to 54 horsepower.
Spider versions, mostly bodied in Zagato, Castagna and Touring, capture the interest of gentlemen drivers to be used in racing: light, agile and quick cars with a long hood that hides the mechanical excellence of the multi-faceted mechanical engineering jewel .
To further increase performance, the version with double body carburettor is flanked by one with compressor and single carburettor, called Super Sport: the power rises to 76 horsepower at 4800 rpm and the maximum speed goes from 130 to 140 km / h.
Only 31 specimens of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 in the Super Sport and Mille Miglia Speciale versions were produced from 1928 to 1929: six specimens in the “fixed head” version of 84 HP, 10 with compressor and 15 without.
On April 1, 1928 an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS of the official racing team – led by the Campari / Ramponi crew – won the second edition of the Mille Miglia: it is the beginning of the Alfa Romeo legend in the famous race, which will see the Milanese company on the top step of the Brescia podium 10 more times: a historical record that can never be beaten. In the same years the former Russian Guard officer Boris Ivanowski, who moved to Paris at the end of the great war, distinguished himself for his victories outside Italy: paired with Marinoni he conquered the 24 hours of Spa in 1928, he alone won the Coupe Georges Boillot; while the following year he still won the Irish GP Saorstat Cup in Ireland.
Before becoming one of the greatest sports car manufacturers, a young Enzo Ferrari, aboard an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS, in 1927 he won paired with Giulio Ramponi on the Modena circuit, repeating the victory paired with Eugenio Siena the next year. Also in ’28 he won on the circuit of Alessandria, races that he defines as local, but which will be the foundation of the radiant career linked to Drake racing.
The specimen exhibited in Paris comes from the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese and – prepared by FCA Heritage’s technical experts – triumphed in the 2019 edition of the 1000 Miglia. It was not the first victory in the “classic” of Brescia for this car, which had already climbed the top step of the podium in the editions reminiscent of 2005 and 2007, conquering the Mille Millas Sport in Argentina in 2007 and 2008 even overseas. This sprightly Alfa Romeo has not yet stopped racing and winning on the roads all over the world.
Fiat Panda 30 (1980)
Presented at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show and still leader in its category, with over 7.5 million units produced to date, the Fiat Panda celebrates its first 40 years and presents itself at the Rétromobile 2020 show with one of the first examples of the timeless Panda 30, red in color.
Evolution and synthesis of the glorious Fiat 126 and 127, the first series of the model was designed by Giorgietto Giugiaro and has established itself to be compact on the outside but large on the inside. In fact it is a compact two-volume sedan, two doors and tailgate with engine and front-wheel drive. Simple in the technical scheme, therefore, but devoted to functionality and great habitability, making the most of the space.
The Fiat Panda is characterized by the essentiality of the design, with large wraparound bumpers, a high protective side band and a large glass surface. The flat windows – even the windscreen – guarantee great brightness to the interior, essential but extremely functional, built with simple but robust materials, all completely washable. The 652 cm 3 twin cylinderair-cooled, evolution of the historical engine of the 500 of 1957 then used on the 126, develops 30 horses and equips the Panda 30 dedicated to the Italian market. It differs from the Panda 45, which instead mounts the 4-cylinder 903 of the 127, for the different asymmetrical position of the metal grid on the grille: on the 30 the slits are on the right side to supply air to the twin-cylinder fan, while on the 45 slots and radiator of the water are on the left side.
In just 3.38 meters, the Panda offers space for five people and great versatility in the use of internal spaces, such as the rear sofa which with seven different positions can even become a pleasant hammock, a cradle or a spacious bed. Both the two and the four cylinders are coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox, the front suspension is independent, with Mc Pherson scheme and disc brakes. The rear axle has a rigid axle, suspended by double leaf leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers and drum brakes. Consumption is particularly interesting: at 90 km / h the Panda 30 travels 19 km with 1 liter and the Panda 45 over 17. The maximum speed is respectively over 115 km / h and about 140 km / h.
Within three years the pandas are enriched in the outfits, with the “Super” version, for the 45 comes the 5th gear, but the further enormous success is due to the advent of the 4×4 version, built in collaboration with the Austrian Steyr-Puch, which transforms the versatile Turin utility vehicle into an unstoppable small and light off-road vehicle, which soon becomes a darling of lovers of outdoor life and sports. An inseparable companion not only for those who live in the mountains. The growing success of the long-running first series lasts over twenty years. In 2003 the second was launched, which will be followed by the current third series that was born in 2012.
This year the Fiat Panda celebrates its 40th anniversary, and FCA Heritage has chosen to celebrate the birthday of one of the longest-lived models in Fiat history by exhibiting a particular example of each of the three series in Paris.
Panda Jolly (2006)
In the summer of 2006, on the narrow roads of the enchanting island of Capri, the Panda Jolly was circulating for the first time, a unique car designed by the Fiat Style Center and built by the Stola company of the RGZ group, a leading company in the construction of show cars and style prototypes. Belonging today to the historical collection of FCA Heritage, the specimen was intended for an exclusive courtesy service for VIP tourists who came to the famous resort, suspended between sea and sky, in the Gulf of Naples.
Fresh, light, chic and very Mediterranean in colors and materials, Panda Jolly draws inspiration from the world of boating and interior design, with strong references to the lines and spirit of the sixties. In fact, it follows the stylistic features of the 600 Multipla Jolly which – transformed by Carrozzeria Ghia in 1956 – circulated on the streets of Capri over half a century ago, maintaining the winning features of the series model with only a few modifications to the mudguards and a false radiator grille.
Panda Jolly has a blue bodywork and thanks to the evident metallization that makes its shapes stand out, it shines under the sun’s rays. Its clean and essential lines are combined with the rich and precious materials that characterize the interior design. The Panda Jolly set-up was created exclusively for Fiat by Paola Lenti, a reference company in Italian interior design, at the forefront of research and design of new fabrics.
Seats and dashboard derive from the evolution of the Frame project – modular seats in satin steel slats – covered with Rope, a material inspired by the tops of sailing boats. Synthesis between technological and aesthetic research, Rope is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, antibacterial, resistant to external agents and highly resistant to UV rays. The seat cushions, covered with pure cotton sponge, are coordinated with the color of Rope.
Floor, floor, side brancardi, hatbox and all the finishes to contain the furniture are made of natural ash pickled in sand color with inlays in white ash. The processing of these details is finely handcrafted, worthy of the most exclusive products of Italian boating.
Panda Jolly is finally embellished with satin steel finishes and extreme attention to every detail.
“Heritage Parts”, the new line of spare parts for classic cars
“Heritage Parts” is the new line of spare parts for classic cars faithfully reproduced, which was born from the collaboration between the FCA Heritage department and the Mopar brand. The project starts with one of the most iconic models in FCA history: the front and rear bumpers of the Lancia Delta HF Integrale and Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione are available.
The spare parts are produced from the original molds, guarded by FCA Manufacturing and now they return to new life, after the necessary restoration operations, in the FCA factory in Grugliasco. In particular, the bumpers are supplied not primed since the materials do not require the flamming operation. Sandblasting, before painting, is the responsibility of the customer.
Using original molds and materials, therefore, the offer of Mopar and FCA Heritage guarantees the perfect assembly of spare parts and allows the cars to be able to circulate on the road in full compliance with the homologation rules. This is an important novelty for the owners of these Lancia cars, timeless symbols of the most prestigious victories in rally races.
The “Heritage Parts” line therefore combines the invaluable documentary heritage of FCA Heritage and the high quality, safety and reliability of the original spare parts produced by Mopar, the brand dedicated to assistance, spare parts and customer support for FCA vehicles. The bumpers of the Lancia Delta HF Integrale can be ordered from the FCA Authorized Network or directly from the Mopar Store at the following link . This is the official Mopar store dedicated to private customers where to buy accessories and spare parts, but also a long series of customized services for your FCA car, such as warranty extensions, maintenance coupons, all-in-one installation packages and much more. yet.