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Old 11-08-2009   #1
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i own a 1.6 stilo at the moment, i used to have a strada 105 twin cam...i loved that strada.! im thinking of getting myself a project strada to do up.......id be intrested to hear from anyone whos doing the same,and wondered how people were finding getting hold of parts etc. ...is it worthwhile.? or would i be on a cruising for a bruising.? many thanks,denz
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

Wasnt the Strada the first "Built by Robots" Fiat? Questionable rust protection so that would be the main thing to look out for, as far as parts go, see what specialist suppliers can do. Gut feeling is that body / trim parts will be hard to get, but should be OK for the oily bits.

Heres a link to a Thread that might help.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

Finding a decent Strada will be a problem as there are so few left, then when you do find one getting hold of many parts will be a challenge. A 130TC is an awesome car to have and can have be picked up for a reasonable price when thy do actually turn up for sale. One member on here (Pottleflump) sold his recently and you can find information about it in the Strada/ Ritmo section. Lesser models are still very rare, and the more basic mk1 1.3/ 1.5 models are virtually extinct. There seems to be more 1.5 litre convertibles left than hard tops for instance!

Strada/ Ritmo section here:

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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

I love the strada's . I ended up with a Coupe though .
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

good luck finding a decent one there all rust buckets with knackered suspensoin by now. only decent one i know of is my mates rebuilt from the ground up only one in exsitence that handles like it should, give him a ring he doesnt do the interweb but he does know his strada's. his numbers on my signature on the link for oflc his company.. olly vayle
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Quote Originally Posted by maddogmorg View Post
do it!

i recognise that tipo we bought it off a guy in london then flogged it on ebay does it still go?
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i recognise that tipo we bought it off a guy in london then flogged it on ebay does it still go?
yes, definitely still goes... got any more history of it? PM it if you can please.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

Yampug is not entirely correct when he says they're all rust buckets with knackered suspension. I had one which was surprisingly rust free and the suspension was very solid and correct. They will often sit low at the back which is a give away. I think my car was good because someone had lavished a restoration during the 90's had helped ensure it was solid and was low mileage 50k so the shell hadn't been subject to the flex of a higher mileage example.

There are plenty of pups out there and if you buy any sort of restoration project then you will be looking at a car like Yampug says and unless you're good with a welder forget it.

If you do decide to venture parts are not that difficult to find if you hunt them out like any old car. I recently cleared out literally a shed load of stuff including new doors, back panel, sills, wings, New Abarth track control arms, bushes etc, basically everything you could possibly need.

As for whether or not you should do it depends on whether you want to buy a good car or whether you want a project and have many hours to spend restoring it. Having completed a light restoration that took over a year I would say try and find a car that is ready but don't buy the first you see. They don't sell that quickly unless priced to sell so you'll have plenty of time to go back and look again. The 105TC is rare so you could spend some time looking, if you want a 130TC they are far more common with about 46 on the road and taxed with about 76 having been on the road in the last few years. There are probably twice that many car is various states of disrepair.

I sold my car for 1500 which is ballpark figure for one of these. The best will go for upto 3000 but it would need to be very very good, original condition / colour, service history etc to make that sort of money and to be honest would you want to spend 3000 on a Strada when you can get more for your money elsewhere?

Here are a couple of videos of my car.


At time of taking the video it had a 105TC backbox and Croma Turbo Wheels. The backbox was replaced with something meatier but the wheels stayed. The interior had been professionally retrimmed in leather and a new headlining fitted. A very good job. The car would have made a superb basis for a complete restoration. Unfortunately it had been resprayed twice and was originally red.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

nice one - there is a 105 tc for sale here. Maybe I should pick it up as a future project and to make sure no boy racers wreck it.

I needs quite a bit of body tidying and has recaro drivers seat!!
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

body / panel trim, especially exterior, is one headache that people have found. Often one hunts for ages eventually giving up, using repaired parts or bodging on to find that once you have completed the job the part(s) you were after suddenly appear.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

The guy who owns the strada 105tc on here wants between 1250 & 1500 for it. The best original low mileage 130TC will set you back 4k plus. There are a lot of ropey,badly welded,dodgy painted cars out there for less.I've owned 5 & if you take the time to iron out problems left by previous owners they are a Awesome fun & rare car.If you end up buying a cheapie that's been badly restored/welded, just remember that you can't polish a Turd.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

Bottom line is: Research, reasearch, view, view, and build a personal knowledge database as best as you can.

The down side to this is that the "peach" car is viewed, recorded into your knowledge base and eventually bought by somebody else. This is the risk you have to take but the more reviews, viewings etc. you do the greater your knowledge ensuring you skip over the duds and only focus/become interested in the real quality candidate 130s out there.

It has already been mentioned that 4000 is a possible fair going price for a good car. Unless you can find an old granny looking to sell off real gem of a car then look at cars around 3000 +/- 500 as a starting point. Then go and look at 1000 to 2000 examples and unless you find a "granny" model then you should be able to see the vast cavern that has to be bridged by time, money and heart ache to get from the low end to the high end.

Many have fallen in love with the Strada 130TC, jumped in there and then later have had to withdraw because the real reality of owning and running ANY rare Italian classic car is far more than they bargained for.

Running a classic Miget, MG, Spitfire, many classic Ford, Vauxhauls etc is a walk in the park compared to keeping a GOOD 130TC at the top of its family lader.

Having said all this the 130TC is a great car to own, love, enjoy and keep running. You just need to ensure you get a good quality start and are prepared to put some effort and s into the enterprise.

If you do then there is plenty of experience, knowledge and people out there to help you.
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I would forget about a 105TC and keep a look out for a good 130TC. The extra 25 horses coupled with a close ratio ZF gearbox make all the difference. Don't buy it thinking it is going to be an investment, buy it to have fun with.
I was all set to sell my 130TC recently after a having to spend a bit of money on it. However I took it on a track day just before Christmas. Sure it was one of the oldest and slowest cars out there but it was still a huge amount of fun.
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Re: to strada or not to strada.?

Im in the same boat Denz! I fancy a classic fiat for the weekends. The Strada is by far the prettiest, most exciting and rarest option. I'm after a 105tc. I'm currently getting a sum together, with a view to buying one over the summer.

Ive seen some really nice examples in Europe, like the one below. Im just unsure if i could live with a left hand drive.

http://cerca.ebay-automobile.it/veic...g=&tabNumber=2
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