- The boxily pragmatic little Fiat Panda arguably displays the true trendy Italy greater than a Fiat 500 or any Ferrari you may title.
- This instance is a limited-edition 4×4 mannequin from the ultimate 12 months of the primary era.
- With a rugged Steyr-Puch 4×4 driveline, it is the Aspromonte Goat of vehicles.
The Panda is such a cultural phenomenon in Italy that Fiat as soon as launched a documentary about an island the place Pandas outnumber the human inhabitants. The boxy unique was penned by designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1979, and so a lot of them had been bought over time that you simply nonetheless discover them cluttering again alleys in Rome or parked in a dusty yard within the countryside.
For those who’ve ever been to Italy, you’ve got seen Pandas everywhere. Now, this is an opportunity to convey residence this piece of Italianata.
This 1985 Fiat Panda 4×4 Edizione Limitata is up for public sale on Deliver a Trailer—which, like Automotive and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos. For the unique Panda, 1985 was the ultimate 12 months of manufacturing, and this one was refurbished in Bologna, Italy, earlier than being shipped throughout the Atlantic to Connecticut.
The 4×4 model of the Panda, which launched in 1983, is an extremely scrappy little off-roader regardless of modest horsepower. It got here with a barely bolstered physique shell, to which was fitted a complete four-wheel-drive driveline from Austrian specialist Steyr-Puch. Sure, the identical Steyr-Puch that constructed the unique Mercedes-Benz G-wagen.
Pop open this Panda’s stubby hood and you will find—oh hey, there’s the spare tire. However nestled underneath it’s a 965cc four-cylinder engine that was rebuilt as a part of the refurbishment course of. It made 48 horsepower when new, and whereas that may not sound like an awesome deal, these are Italian horsepowers. They do not really go any sooner, however you get to flap your fingers round and make much more noise when exercising them.
And you probably did catch the half in regards to the G-wagen, proper? This little automotive is likely to be the dimensions of Danny DeVito, however it’s as ruggedly off-road succesful as Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. That is 1988’s Twins in automotive kind.
The odometer reveals simply 38,000 miles (within the kilometer equal), however what actually seals the deal right here is the excellent refurbishment. Had been you to flip this Panda on its roof—not a bodily impossibility given the feathery curb weight—you may eat proper off its underside. It’s clear and tidy, and able to get some mud on its fenders.
By no means thoughts lusting after some Ferrari hypercar that by no means will get pushed. A boxy Fiat with goat-like off-road capacity? Now that is a correct paisan of an Italian automotive.
This public sale ends Thursday, September 14.
Brendan McAleer is a contract author and photographer primarily based in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He grew up splitting his knuckles on British cars, got here of age within the golden period of Japanese sport-compact efficiency, and commenced writing about vehicles and other people in 2008. His explicit curiosity is the intersection between humanity and equipment, whether or not it’s the racing profession of Walter Cronkite or Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s half-century obsession with the Citroën 2CV. He has taught each of his younger daughters easy methods to shift a handbook transmission and is grateful for the excuse they supply to be perpetually shopping for Sizzling Wheels.