During the summer, the neighbor’s car takes time, but not completely. The series is adapted for five episodes to answer the question that you have always asked yourself: what are the personal cars of Caradisiac journalists. Powerful and shiny cars lately? Old cars? Beware of surprises. This week, Stéphane Schlesinger, tester and specialist in “collectables”, these cars in purgatory waiting to enter the paradise of young peoplehe gives us his everyday.
He is full of praise for the Turin brand, even if a touch of irony sometimes mars the compliment. His Fiat Uno? “It’s barely broken, since it’s only 35, which is nothing for Fiat”. Before adding that it has 35,000 km, “which is a lot for Fiat”. His is in good condition and serves him every day, surrounded by two other cars: a BMW 130 i, and a second Fiat: a 132 sedan.
This Fiat Uno, more reliable, of course, is also more efficient, of course, from its 65hp. “It’s the 1300 SX, top of the range”. But what is little power in a city car today, it is respectable in these 90 years full of lightness. “Uno weighs only 770 kg”, at least according to Fiat. This allows the little Turinese to hit 165 km / h. Still according to Fiat.
Because Stéphane has proven to his cost that the V Max of his Italian dragster can be the best. “I was caught by the radar at a speed of 181 kilometers per hour”. A review that today would be very expensive, but which, fortunately, goes back 24 years. Power, the Uno is still economical for a car of that time, “about 7 liters/100 km”. A good score associated with its successful aerodynamics, despite the line that is far from reduced.
A digital dashboard ahead of time
But Stéphane was not only seduced by figures, nor by “Fiat Reliability”. The good overall condition of the car, when he bought it, he also decided, as well as its interior like no other. Starting with the velvet upholstery, in perfect condition, with its digital dashboard ahead of its time, and its electronic counter, which works perfectly. In fact, he did not need to do any repairs as the car was in this good condition when it was purchased.
But how to get your hands on the case? “The easiest way in the world, by consulting ads”. Until it crashed on a low-mileage Fiat Uno and was displayed for 3,500 euros. Good conversation later, “the tires were dead and the timing belt had to be replaced” and for 1,000 euros, Stéphane leaves behind the wheel of one that has passed its various technical inspections without a single false note.
More than two decades later, he is still a hero for the short and long trips that the journalist makes on board, when he does not betray his Fiat for his big sister, or his German compact. But rest assured, the Uno is a Schlesinger collector car, and insured as such, it is, and not a Bavarian, despite its extra cylinders.