1988 Fiat Strada 85 Su­per

WHO Lee Den­ton WHAT 1988 Fiat Strada 85 Su­per MILES 44,000 PROVE­NANCE Stamped ser­vice book MODS None HOW MANY LEFT? 19 (all Strada vari­ants)

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I bought it on eBay unseen in De­cem­ber 2006 for £160. The MoT had run out that May. I wanted a Su­per as I had owned a few lesser mod­els over the years. Most Strada hype is for the twin-cam mod­els but lesser Stradas are now be­com­ing rarer. I be­lieve only a cou­ple of Su­pers still ex­ist and mine may be the only one taxed and on the road. I had the car de­liv­ered and booked an MoT to see if it was worth restor­ing. To my sur­prise it was very sound with no ev­i­dence of pre­vi­ous body re­pairs and only su­per­fi­cial sur­face rust – and that’s very un­usual for a Strada. Even all the electrics worked.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

The car had only cov­ered 42,000 miles, with his­tory to back it up from re­ceipts and a fully stamped Fiat ser­vice book. Even now, it has only cov­ered 44,000 miles.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

All it needs is a ma­jor ser­vice as it doesn’t get used a lot. I plan to use it this sum­mer, weather per­mit­ting – I’ve rarely taken the car out in the rain. It gets com­ments wher­ever I go for the ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and be­ing so rare. I plan to keep my Strada for years as it is al­most ir­re­place­able.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

The car was orig­i­nally metal­lic grey but af­ter find­ing a brochure on the Strada I de­cided to change the colour to gold as shown. Most of the work was com­pleted by Easter 2007 in­clud­ing re­spray, wheels re­fur­bished and new tyres.

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