This calendar year I prescribe ten years Auto Motor Klassiek. During this period I met many people and made reports with them and their classics. In the coming period I will share a number of memories from the past ten years with you, in which I will randomly highlight a number of cars that we used on the road. Today the first: the Fiat 125 Special from Nosstalgia Classics in Drachten.
In 2018 I looked at the Facebook page of Nosstalgia Classics in Drachten. And a newly offered classic came forward, which immediately triggered me. The classic offered was one of the cars on the wish list to experience a report. “I have to drive this”, I thought, and not much later the appointment for a report was made. And this one took place on September 1, 2018.
It was a Fiat 125 Special from the last series, a car from 1971. The car had a long Lombard history and was now waiting for a buyer in Drachten. The Italian family Berlina, sprayed in Marrone Testa di Moro and developed under the direction of Dante Giacosa, presented its clarity, captured in Italian lines. And that balance concealed the true secret of the Fiat: its great engineering, contained in a 1608 cc DOHC Lampredi engine that generated 100 DIN hp, and was mated to an excellently spaced five-speed gearbox. With a fifth gear, which had much more to offer than just an overdrive function.
Because that turned out when I went on the road with the Fiat. The Italian berlina had long since achieved its classic status, but was still unadulteratedly fresh and certainly showed magisterial performances in retrospect. And these were enhanced by that profound and delightful Lampredibrom. It concealed temperament in nothing, and evoked in everything a desire to appreciate the historical potential. Inspired by technology, which proved that the Fiat could also keep up with the more luxurious berlinas from its country of origin during the early 125s. A purebred, that's what I thought of the Fiat XNUMX Special.
The then 47-year-old Fiat drove very easily, and had no trouble keeping up with the speed of the peoples of 2018. And a few times fellow road users were surprised with quite potent modern cars. The Fiat was not shaken, provided that the maximum speed (on the stretch of highway that was also 130 kilometers per hour during the day at the time) was respected and the distance to the vehicles in front remained respectable. Enjoyment was also blown in the Fiat on the rural routes, which also presented itself on the back roads as an exceptionally fine classic, as a wonderful touring car. And it gave goosebumps on the arms.
It is that goosebumps, which I still get when I occasionally think back to the ride with the Fiat, to the report day. The Fiat 125 Special got under my skin. And when I think about the ride, she still does. People can move. Some cars can do that too. Thank you Dante. Thank you Aurelio. Grazie Nosstalgia.
You can read the historical online driving impression here back.