This 1982 SEAT Fura is a Spanish-built version of the third-generation Fiat 127. It’s a model that was never sold in the UK. This cosseted example has covered a genuine 8,000 miles (13,000km) to date and is in remarkable condition throughout. It was bought brand new in December 1982 by a British couple for use at their holiday home in southern Spain, where it was garaged. They treasured it up until their passing in 2013, at which point their son inherited the SEAT and brought it over to the UK in order to find it a loving new owner. Once MoT’d, it was offered for sale by KGF Classic Cars in 2014 and was bought by an enthusiast in Northern Ireland, who then dry-stored the Fura (starting it and running its engine on a regular basis) until mid-2018. I then bought the car, had it shipped from Northern Ireland to the Midlands, and entrusted it to a classic car specialist to be fully recommissioned. It was treated to a major service (with all new fluids), as well as new brake hoses, a new steering rod (to remove a tiny amount of play) and new rear wheel cylinders (the originals had seized through lack of use). The underside was also Waxoyled to keep it factory fresh. The car then passed an MoT in September 2018, with no advisories. It is obviously UK-registered and has an age-appropriate Y-reg suffix. This amazing little Fura drives exactly as you’d expect from an 8,000-mile example. It still feels fresh and ‘tight’, and its 903cc engine (Fiat’s well-proven old pushrod unit) is smooth and eager in operation. The gearbox is a four-speed manual. Everything works as it should – and on the odd day that’s dry enough for it to be used, this SEAT is a real pleasure. The unmolested bodywork is astonishing, with all-original paintwork throughout. The inner wheelarches are as bright and shiny as the paintwork on top, and every panel is original and rust-free. The seams and panel joints are all crisp and perfect, as you’d expect from a little-used car that’s spent most of its life in southern Spain. Inside is just as impressive, with as-new velour upholstery and equally perfect carpets. The back seat looks like it’s never been sat on, the ashtray has never been used, and even the cigarette lighter looks brand new. All the plastics are crack-free and immaculate. The only part of the interior that would benefit from attention is the headlining, as the original is starting to sag – but this is a straightforward and fairly inexpensive job to have done professionally. The SEAT comes with a history file containing its old Spanish paperwork, and still has its original Malaga-issued number plates in the boot. To find a Fiat 127 in this kind of condition would be unusual, but being the SEAT version makes this 8,000-mile car extremely rare. Being the basic model in what was once a big-selling range in Spain, this immaculate example would make a superb exhibit at the Festival of the Unexceptional event – or a lovely addition to the collection of anyone who’s into small, Italian-designed classics. Valuing a one-off like this is difficult, but I feel the asking price is very realistic. The car is only for sale now because of a genuine change in my circumstances. I’m in no great rush to sell – it’s more a case of finding the right kind of new home.
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, Fiat|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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|Advert placed on||February 21, 2019 4:31 pm|