I drive a 1983 Fiat UNO'
Over the years I have been fortunate to own many cars.
They have ranged from exotic European sports cars to modified 5 litre
, to various GM 6 cylinder cars , and a mix of Japanese cars and 4X4s
It hasn't been uncommon for me to own a number of cars at the same time
was continually buying and selling often up to my legal
limit of how many cars a person can trade without having a dealers
It for a time was almost a hobby , to experience so many different
Add to this my time spent working at 'Ford' , I certainly have driven
owned a very large percentage of different cars.
In more recent years I have been travelling often overseas , and when I
do , I make sure that I try a different rental car each time.
Perhaps the only person to drive more cars than me is Jeremy Clarkson
So exactly Why I drive a 1983 Fiat UNO.
Well , it is quite a long story how I got this exact car , I
certainly wasn't hunting for one , , it
sort of happened by accident.
The car was owned by an old man that lives in my apartment building and
as he is no longer able to drive he offered to me at an unbeatable
When I was in my early 20's I used to race a Fiat 128 two door sedan in
club competition events , and was quite successful at beating off much
more powerful opposition.
Adding to the several 128s that I have owned I have also had 3x 125S ,
2x124 sports ,so you could say that my 'relationship' and understanding
of Fiats is solid.
I have always had exceptional service and value for money from my Fiats
so I was not apprehensive of getting the UNO.
The stories of poor parts available , difficulty of repairs , and rust
problems is for the most part unfounded.
9.30pm at the summer house ready for
some DX action in the UNO.
My '83 UNO is entirely rust free , drives very well , has very good
fuel consumption , and ALL parts are STILL available., whether it be
for the bodywork or mechanicals.
Repairs are dead easy when required with no specialist tools required.
Not many cars can boast such thing , perhaps the only other car that
comes to my mind is the old generation VW Beetles.
But parts availability for this car is quite irrelevant.
With a touch over 50,000kms on the clock I haven't been forced to do
any repairs as such , but I have been doing upgrades to improve
driving performance and overall reliability.
Along with the philosophy of QRP (low power communication) I took it
even further with the UNO.
The UNO has a 903cc 4 cylinder engine and as such you would expect it
to be a pathetic performer , but just like QRP in radio , its not the
power level that is important , it is the execution of that power that
makes the difference.
With acceleration on par with the current small eco hatches the UNO
clearly isn't a race car , but then it wasn't designed to be one.
It does however provide economical motoring , ease of repairs , low
cost insurances , and the satisfaction of knowing that I am getting
efficient transport with the lowest possible amount of power.
QRP - without compromising , too much. :-)