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Panda Classic - Roof bars/bull bars

Hi there

I have 2 questions I was hoping someone out there could clarify for me:
  1. On my 1987 Fiat Panda 4x4 I have 2 strips of black plastic(?) on the roof. Are these for roof rails to attach a roof rack (e.g. Thule 755) to?
  2. I have been given some bull bars (which are made for the car) and was wondering on the legalities of installing/attaching these to the car???
Any info greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for any replies.

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Hello and welcome

The two strips on your roof are to cover the external panel welding, as on the old Mini's.

As for your bull-bar ( GIVEN IT ), you can legally fit it, as it was a standard option at the time of manufacture.

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As for your bull-bar ( GIVEN IT ), you can legally fit it, as it was a standard option at the time of manufacture.
Note that you will deffinatly need to tell your insurance company, and they charged someone on here 70 I think. They're not very pedistrian friendly.

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Note that you will deffinatly need to tell your insurance company, and they charged someone on here 70 I think. They're not very pedistrian friendly.

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Yep that was me they charged an extra 70 quid for having bars on mandapanda - even tho they have been on since 1995 !
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Being hit by the front of a Panda is as likely to kill you as being hit by a bull-bar. They are pretty rigid
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Yep that was me they charged an extra 70 quid for having bars on mandapanda - even tho they have been on since 1995 !
I thought it was you John, but couldn't remember for certain.

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Being hit by the front of a Panda is as likely to kill you as being hit by a bull-bar. They are pretty rigid
I agree to that. Saw off the rear of a Transit with minimal damage
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Thank you to all for the info. It has definitely clear up my questions

Now to find a set of cheap roof racks...

PS: Great Forum and brilliant to see the members actively involved in the threads and answering the question with such speed and clarity. My hat is off to you all
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Now to find a set of cheap roof racks...
Just missed a set that went for about 5 on eBay a week or two ago.

Does anyone knoe if Fiat still sell them? It was 2000/2001 we got our roof rack, have many others on the forum got some out of interest?

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