It was the end of the 70’s when Fiat launched the Ritmo, a Bertone designed hatchback. A car with some interesting design developments being one of the first cars fully assembled by robots which was the beginning of a new era in the automotive industry.
As with the majority of the hatchbacks on the market those days, a sport version was also developed by Fiat through the Abarth division which was part of Fiat since 1971. With a long history of race and rally successes you knew a car prepared by Abarth was something special. That’s also is the case for the Ritmo.
In 1981 the first Ritmo Abarth was launched, the 105 TC which used the 1.585cc engine with 105 Bhp from the 130 series. A bit later the 125 TC was introduced with the 1.995cc engine which reached up to 125Bhp and had several improvements over the 105 TC. It was with the 2nd series Ritmo in 1982 when the Abarth 130 TC was introduced. Beside some exterior and interior changes the engine was the biggest change. Although based on the 125 TC it replaced the single Weber carb with either twin Solex ADDHE or Weber DCOR40 carbs and further improvements were made to the manifold and camshafts resulting in 130 Bhp/ 175 Nm and 0-100 under the 8 seconds. Serious numbers those days!
To date its rare to find a good and honest Fiat Ritmo. Full stop. Its even more rare to find an original 130 TC with Solex carbs which has been kept standard, not being raced with and solid in terms of rust. At Modern Classics Automotive we have found one although we really had to go to the very south of Italy to get one.
In the summer of 1983 the first owner registerd the Ritmo in the Turin area, then it moved to the Reggio Calabria and stayed there within one family who commissioned the car to local Fiat Abarth garage (Autolipari srl) where we found and purchased it from. Although the low read on the odometer of 57.000km we decided here in the Netherlands to carry out a full engine service including cleaning and prep of the carbs.
This Ritmo Abarth 130 TC is ready to be enjoyed and driven or can be a perfect base (and worthwile) for a serious concours restore. True collectors car.
The body of this Ritmo Abarth is straight and free of rust, chassis cracks or accident repairs on the obvious places. For cosmetic reasons this car has been repainted some years ago in the original Grigio Quarzo metallic colour (code 639/F) which highlights the design very well. The Ritmo is equipped with the original 1 side mirror. All black body-parts like the wheel archers and doorstrips are in good condition as well and not faded due to the South European sun which is often the case. All body parts, glass around, blinkers are original Fiat parts. Underneath the Abarth is in a good shape as well which makes it a very transparent example (pictures available). The Ritmo is fitted with the original 14 inch Pirelli branded wheels with Michelin tires around.
Soooo typical 80’s this interior. Overall good seats, clean carpets and straight headline. A minimum wear & tear for a car this age. Clearly the low mileage is also reflected in the interior. The pictures speaks for itself. Everything is working in its Veglia dashboard which includes oil temperature and – pressure gauges. Yes, it’s the typical Fiat 70s/80s used plastics but when driving no irritating noises of moving/ cracking parts. It actually feels very solid. The boot is also clean and well maintained.
What an exciting drive! Great weight/ power ratio and an engine which performs on high rpm. When cold, the engine starts easy and runs very nice on idle. The 5 speed ZF gearbox functions very well with limited wear in running through the gears. Clutch good. When warm the engine performs very well with good pick up on power. A true high rpm engine with that typical Fiat sound which puts a smile on your face when driving. Very good oil pressure. We have serviced the car fully with new belts, bearings, thermostat, waterpump, many sensors, fluids and most important good mechanical experience setting up the carbs.
People experienced with Ritmo Abarth’s know how hard it is to find a good and standard example and will value this example.
This original Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC is ready to be enjoyed for 14.900 Euro and comes with extensive paperwork/ reports from previous owners.