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'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:38:03 PM »
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330850960658&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en

Stunning car!

However, is it true what they said in the listing, 'ONE OF ONLY 3 BAMBINO MODELS BUILT' - I thought there were only a few models i.e. the original, BIS, DeVille, Happy End, never heard of a Bambino model?

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 11:10:54 PM »
Nice car but not too keen on the ferrari-ness of it...the price has gone up quickly...could be a £3k+ sale!
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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2012, 08:58:01 AM »
Nice tight car! But a real shame about the Ferrari badges  :yikes
It says: 4 SPEED MANUAL WITH FERRARI SHIFT SYSTEM  :lol: :lol: :lol:


And I can't remember it beeing featured in Practical Classics...

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2012, 02:11:16 PM »
There was a company in England that made Bambinos  ??? He bought Fiat 126 from Poland did a rebuils then listed them on Ebay as Bambinos. He charged about £4000 and Yes people did bid. He told me when I asked that he is the only company to make official Bambinos.

Yes I know it is Bo%&*$ks but that was the story.

Very often the Germans referred to the square head as Bambino and the cars were known as a Bambino in Italy.

The picture on Ebay does not show the Engine just lots of ghastly Ferrari bits and bobs.
(I would like the steering wheel though, please)


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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2012, 02:30:40 PM »
Unless it has been resprayed I don't think this car was in practical classics in 2009. Will ask them.

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2012, 03:32:58 PM »
Yes I'm not too keen on the Ferrari badges either, or the fact there's 2 loads of stripes on the car, in my opinion it clashes  ???

Will be interesting to see how much it goes for :)

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 03:36:28 PM »
Nice looking 126 But, according to the timeline they stopped producing the 126's in Italy in 1980 :headscratch:
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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 04:36:38 PM »
Quite nice. I like the steering wheel also. But I agree the ubiquitous Ferrari badges ruined it big time. I am not sure about the stripes as well. I suppose you can always remove the offending bits. If Dajwid and Pete126 are right, selling something that it is not, is a bit of a con, isn't it?

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 04:56:16 PM »
I could make 3 'mashed potato special editions' and sell them. I would be the only person making that particular special edition making them unique. unfortunately it's down to the buyer to asses the merit and credence of the special edition.
Pete - interesting point about the manufacture year.
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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 05:12:59 PM »
I asked for details regarding the engine upgrades.

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 06:21:53 PM »
I thought it was Ferrari powered to go with the 'FERRARI SHIFT SYSTEM'.

I also asked, but no reply as yet. Did you ask if it is Polish made?

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 08:42:23 PM »
This auction made me laugh. But I feel sorry for someone who buys it and thinks that it is genuine. I could do this to mine and say its a special edition  :$

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 09:20:42 PM »
Here is the seller's response:

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hi there,im sorry but to be honest with you,i dont know what upgrades have been carried out
the engine is upgraded and was done at the fiat factory and not here in the uk
the bambino was a special edition to celebrate the partnership between fiat and ferrari
it defo has more power than the original 650cc standard engine.
Unquote.

How can he not know the modifications made to the car. I reckon it has a stock engine.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2012, 09:23:59 PM by Amateb8 »

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2012, 09:46:29 PM »
It looks to be a "Brown" that has had a run in with a vinyl cutter.

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Re: 'FIAT 126 1983 RARE BAMBINO EDITION'
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2012, 09:47:52 PM »
Fiat 126 Key Dates Time Line - illustrating the life of the orginal Fiat 126 from 72', the Fiat 126 de ville and the Fiat 126 BIS
 
1972 - The Fiat 126 was announced at the Turin Motor Show in October - The 126 proved popular with the Journalists testing them.

1973 - The Fiat 126 was launched in right hand drive in Britain (July)

1974 - New variations were seen, which included a sunroof as standard

1976 - The arrival of the Fiat 126 de Ville with an up rated engine of 652cc. The bore was increased from 73.5mm to 77.0mm giving 1bhp more and 2ftlbs more torque. The brakes were increased from 170mm diameter to 185mm diameter.

(Special models of the de Ville incorporated velour cloth seats)

Carpets - Cloth trim (on the lower part of the doors) - More powerful breaks - Sound proofing - Heated rear window - Alternator

1980 - Fiat stopped production of the 126 in Italy. By this time Italy had produced 1,352,912 cars. Although the 126 were still massively in demand & so production moved to Poland . Where production was financially more viable.

1980 - 1992 - During the period the company FSM which roughly translates as "The small car factory" exported over 897,000 cars all around the world from Italy to Australia.

1985 - In May the 652cc 126 received the engine from the Polish 650E version with higher compression ratio of 8.0:1 and revised ignition settings.

1987 - Announcement of the dissimilar BIS to the air-cooled in September. With a horizontal water-cooled 704cc engine, transformed the 126 into a hatchback. (The engine almost identically located as the Giardiniera (Fiat 500 estate van)

1992 - The end of an era: The last year of production of the Fiat 126 intended for Britain was in 1992 where the BIS was subsequently (replaced by the Cinquecento)

2000 - FSM in Poland continued to produce the air-cooled 126 untill 2000, with slight revisions to the car including the bodywork panels and eradication of the triangular windows.

TBH I have never heard of an official Fiat factory RHD Bambino :headscratch:
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