FCA Heritage at the “Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2017” show

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    • FCA Heritage at the “Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2017” show

      The 34th edition of Italy's most important classic car show is being held in Padua from 26 to 29 October.
      [*]FCA Heritage is a strong presence with the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands, represented by five gems that have shaped the brands' history.
      [*]The modern Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and Abarth 124 Spider are also on the stand.
      [*]The show has always been the key event for enthusiasts and collectors, in Italy and beyond.

      FCA Heritage is in Padua for the first time with the four Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands, united on a single, large stand with 2 current models and 5 historic cars. The stand thus provides visitors with the dual opportunity to admire the both the brands' past and their present. There could be no better way of strongly reinforcing these legendary brands' unique character: a heritage made up of cars and engineers, races and engines, that shaped technological progress and the history of racing during the last century.
      At the 2017 edition of the "Auto e Moto d'Epoca" show, the guiding theme of the stand is a selection of cars (Alfa Romeo 33.3 Le Mans, Fiat 525 SS and Lancia Aprilia) recently restored by the Heritage team of highly skilled mechanics to take part in some of the biggest events on the international calendar, including the Mille Miglia and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
      Alongside these splendid cars, now fully functioning again, the display includes a rare Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Gr. 4 in yellow-blue Olio Fiat livery - from a private collection, and just awarded the Authenticity Certificate issued by the Abarth Classiche engineers - and a Lancia Aprilia, recently acquired by the Department with the aim of returning it to its original splendour.
      Visitors to the stand will be able to acquire detailed information about the certification and restoration services that FCA Heritage offers enthusiasts, also available on the www.fcaheritage.com web platform. The portal is intended to be the go-to place for everyone interested in the history, events and activities revolving around the classic cars of the Group's Italian brands. On the website, enthusiasts can sign up for the FCA Heritage Newsletter to remain up-to-date on the activities and services made available for the various brands of the group. Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia classic car owners can apply for "Certificates of Origin" for their cars. The owners of historic Lancia and Abarth brand cars will also be able to request details of the "Authenticity Certificates" and restoration services offered by the FCA Heritage Officine Classiche.
      The reproductions of the use and maintenance manuals of some of the most evocative Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo brand cars, soon to go on sale on the web portal, will also be presented at the show.
      The other innovation featured is the new Selenia Classic, an engine oil range which combines the use of modern technologies with a passion for vintage cars and the graphics of the historic Olio Fiat and Selenia Alfa Romeo oil cans. Produced in partnership with PETRONAS, the new Selenia Classic engine oils will be on sale from 2018 at FCA Group Authorised Dealerships.
      Last but not least, visitors will be granted a look at two exciting current production models: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and the new Abarth 124 Spider, cars designed to guarantee thrilling performances and the utmost driving pleasure.
      On the stand of the Automobile Club d'Italia and ACI Storico - dedicated this year to "Gran Premio d'Italia - Monza Experience" - they will see a gorgeous Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 tipo "Monza" (1931) from the Alfa Romeo Museum (dubbed "The Time Machine") in Arese.
      Alfa Romeo 33.3 Le Mans (1970)
      The 33.3 with six-speed gearbox is the development of the previous "two-litre" version. It was fitted out with a 2998 cc, V8 engine with four valves and indirect injection and delivered 400 HP at 8000 rpm. The monocoque bodyshell chassis was formed by aluminium and titanium panels with a wheelbase practically the same as the 33.2. Its top speed was 330 km/h, and it was the 1971 version that collected the highest number of wins, including the one at the Targa Florio with Vaccarella and Hezemans. This magnificent car is on display at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese - La Macchina del Tempo, and this year it was returned to running order to participate in the world-famous parade at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most important international motorsport events.

      Fiat 525 SS (1929)
      The Fiat 525SS, a fast, luxurious sports convertible built between 1929 and 1931, was designed by Mario Revelli di Beaumont and shaped by the panel-beaters of Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat. The model is derived from the Fiat 525, especially the mechanics, with rigid axle suspensions and hydraulic dampers.
      The engine was absolutely new: the standard version was upgraded to 3739 cc with maximum power of almost 90 HP, giving the car a top speed of 120 Km/h. The code "SS" is an abbreviation of "Supercompressed", referring to the engine, of course. The model was built at the Lingotto from 1929 to 1931, and performed with distinction in various races, especially the "Coppa delle Alpi" and "Coppa delle Venezie".
      At the end of a meticulous mechanical restoration project, this year the 525 SS took part in the twenty-second edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag and was displayed, hors concours, at the Concorso di Eleganza per Automobili Parco del Valentino.
      The car, one of just four still in existence worldwide, is normally on show at the Centro Storico Fiat in Turin.

      Lancia Aprilia (1937)
      The Aprilia, introduced in 1936, was the spiritual legacy of Vincenzo Lancia, who had passed away a few months before the commercial launch of the car. With a unitised body integrated with the chassis without B-pillar, the appearance of the car was truly innovative, standing out among the sedans of its day for its particularly aerodynamic line and light weight, securing a top speed of about 130 km/h with good fuel efficiency at the same time. The narrow-V4 with hemispherical combustion chambers contributed to achieving this result. In addition to telescopic independent front suspensions, by now traditional on Lancia, the car fitted independent suspensions also on the rear axle.
      The car displayed, which is from the FCA Heritage Collection, was completely restored to take part in this year's 90th edition of the Mille Miglia, the historic evocation which Enzo Ferrari described as "the world's finest travelling museum".
      Lancia Aprilia (1946)
      In 1939, two years after the launch of the Aprilia and after about 9000 of the cars had been built, Lancia introduced the second series. The main upgrades related to the engine - with a slightly reduced V, displacement increased from 1352 to 1486 cc and more elastic response - and the mechanics in general, with improvements to the braking system.
      In spite of its increased weight, the Aprilia second series enjoyed higher torque at low rpm which provided a quieter ride and made the car more fun to drive. Stylistically, the second series featured a slightly curved radiator grille, contrasting with the straight design used on first series cars.
      This car was acquired by the FCA Heritage Collection in October 2017, and during the next few months it will undergo painstaking restoration to re-establish its timeless beauty.
      Current production
      Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
      The captivating Alfa Romeo 4C is the Brand's modern icon, which represents the sports soul written into the Alfa Romeo DNA: optimum performance and excellent engineering designed for ultimate pleasure to drive in breathtaking style. The car is fitted with the powerful all-aluminium direct injection 1,750 cc turbocharged engine with dual-core intercooler which ensures performances that can be compared to those of a supercar: a maximum speed of 257 km/h, 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, 1.1 g of lateral acceleration and 1.25 g of maximum deceleration when braking. The supercar personality of this vehicle can also be glimpsed in the ultra-lightweight materials used: carbon fibre for the monocoque, aluminium for the front and rear frames and SMC (Sheet Moulded Compound) for the outer body.
      Abarth 124 spider
      A direct time-line links the 1970s Fiat 124 Abarth Rally on show in Olio Fiat livery at Padua to the new Abarth 124 Spider, which combines the joy of a Spider with the thrill of an Abarth. Developed by the Abarth Racing team, the car perfectly embodies the leading values of the brand: performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence. Standard equipment on Abarth 124 Spider includes mechanical self-locking differential, typically found on premium sports cars. The weights are concentrated between the axles, the 1.4-litre, 170 HP four cylinder turbo engine is installed behind the front axle, and the ratio between the weight - just 1060 kg, carefully distributed - and the power is the best in its category.
      Turin, 20 October 2017
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