FCA Heritage, the Group's department dedicated to promoting the heritage of FCA's Italian brands is at the Rétromobile show in Paris this weekend.
This major European event is taking place at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in Paris – it opened yesterday and runs until Sunday. FCA Heritage is showcasing four car on its 350 m2 stand at this prestigious convention dedicated to collection cars and motorcycles.
These models illustrate the great moments of the Italian car through four brands - Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo - four coachbuilders (Pininfarina, Bertone, Allemano and Zagato) and four different eras spanning 1957 to 1989. The public is able the Lancia Appia Coupé, Fiat Dino 2400 coupé, Abarth 2400 coupé and Alfa Romeo SZ.
The exhibit also features two models recently launched by the FCA Group, the Abarth 695 Rivale and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Lancia Appia Coupé: first launched in 1953 as a sedan, three different series were sold over 10 years. Various coachbuilders tried out several second-series derivatives: Allemano, Boano, Zagato, Ghia, Vignale and Viotti while Pinin Farina, for his part, designed this elegant, technically sophisticated 2+2 coupé. Its compact V4 1089 cm3 engine generates 53 hp. This model was produced for 5 years from 1957 to 1962.
Fiat Dino 2400 coupé: this project is the result of an agreement with Ferrari to supply Fiat with a new V6 engine. This allowed Ferrari to produce enough engines to be accepted into Formula 2. With this V6 engine and its 160 hp (then 180 hp as a 2.4-litre version), the Dino coupé's technical features were way ahead of the rest when it launched at the Turin exhibition in 1967. A picture of elegance in their signature Bertone lines, 6,068 Fiat Dino coupés were produced before 1972.
Abarth 2400 coupé: this very beautiful Michelotti signature coupé was launched in Geneva in 1959. Derived from the Fiat 2100, it was produced at Allemano from 1962 to 1964, first under the name 2200 coupé then 2400 coupé in 1964. The 6-cylinder 2400-series generates 140 hp and reaches speeds approaching 200 km/h. Interesting fact: the model on show belonged to Carlo Abarth himself.
Alfa Romeo SZ: Carrozzeria Zagato's history with Alfa Romeo dates back to the 1920s. The SZ coupé (short for Sport Zagato), launched in Geneva in 1989. Designed together with Alfa Romeo, it catches the eye with its aerodynamic (CX of 0.30), unusual and very geometric lines. Almost 1,000 examples were made.
Abarth 695 Rivale: this special edition was born from the marriage of two Italian brands that excelled in the field of technology, innovation, attention to detail and the drive for performance. Riva, which has always been synonymous with Italian elegance and style, helped create the most sophisticated Abarth ever made. With its 180 hp engine, its performance, refined style and aesthetically pleasing grey colour scheme, the 695 Rivale is directly inspired by the new open yacht 56' Rivale, one of the best-performance yachts ever built by Riva.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: the first Quadrifoglio that is also an SUV. It is now the fastest SUV on the ‘circuit’, having broken the record for its category at the Nürburgring, at 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.