Monday, May 27, 2013

Pininfarina Spider Europa - 1984


 Pininfarina Spider Europa ....

In May 1930, the brothers Giovanni Battista Farina and based in Turin, Italy the " Società Anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina "that many still consider today as the most prestigious modern bodybuilders whose style school is being imitated around the world . Success will be immediate and already in 1932 " Pininfarina "was the official supplier of eight royal residences and numerous representatives of the aristocracy, industry and entertainment. His inventive mind was forms of expression into more of an art than metal worker-former, so that many manufacturers will use its innovative talent (Hispano-Suiza, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cadillac, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari , Fiat, Chevrolet, BMC, Peugeot, Volvo, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Nissan, etc ...) ....


At Fiat, from a friendly people-oriented sedan, the 124 Sport Spider was a bit to the 60 that the Mazda MX-5 was the 90s, the concept of convertible fun and unpretentious. Invited once again to sign lines (under an "institutional" installed in the working time), Pininfarina has mostly sought to please the greatest number. No boldness in this seemingly trivial design but with the passage of time, one must admit that the years have not been taken on these forms "obvious" who seduced without really tired. Since 1966, the success of the Fiat 124 Spider continues unabated and the car has undergone various changes primarily related to engine brand. The production line is finally transferred Pininfarina which renames the car Pininfarina Spider Europa . The transfer of production has the advantage of significantly increasing the level of equipment and finish. First, the quality of the plates used for the body is higher, the car is less susceptible to corrosion. But inside, the interior is plush, wood just decorate the dashboard and the fit of parts is more polished. At the rear, the optics are redrawn, wraparound bumpers are better integrated into the line, and the rims are more elegant ....


Boasting a coherent design, stunning Pininfarina Spider Europa also convinced its users that Latin origins were not usurped. Inaugurating the first engine "double tree" of wider communication (signed Aurelio Lampredi, formerly with Ferrari), the spider will also benefit from an excellent gearbox (4 or 5-speed, depending on the version), four brakes assisted disc and running gear "advanced" or very sophisticated. Technical range in relation to the honest performance of the model and contrasted with "rustic" solutions still preferred at the time of its main British rivals. Finally, the unusual Pininfarina Spider Europa will appeal to the public and will be even a nice extension that allowed him to hold his position until the mid-80s with a minimum of alterations circumstantial orchestrated by his regular bodybuilder became manufacturer-distributor .. ..


The Pininfarina Spider Europa sold under the Pininfarina brand offers a much more polished interior finish. More opulent appearance, these versions have redesigned optics, alloy wheels and wraparound bumpers that do not distort their shape too. It adapts a less casual and finishing materials are much more resistant to the ravages of time. The time pads are better and have a greater tendency to warp and wear prematurely under the action of sunlight. Nice consolation prize, the dashboard, well designed and full, enjoys a veneer of very good quality and a completely revised ergonomics. The driving position is perfect and the comfort of leather and carpet is really appreciable even in the roadster said playfully. In the end, nearly 200,000 copies were sold in Europe and the USA. It is more than enough to meet sustained demand, but, logically, it is the first series, the rarest, which are preferred by collectors. Today as yesterday, the odds of the Pininfarina Spider Europa actually one convertibles Vintage Classic the most affordable on the market of the former, and it is also one of the most frequentable everyday ....


Several engines have marked the career of the drawers Pininfarina Spider Europa oriented long. The 1400 and 1600 of the first generation (1966-1972) will appear, however, that 90 DIN hp, which may seem a fair bit today. More ambitious, the proposed 1608 cm3 from 1970 claims tidy output of 110 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute, a flattering performance for engine mass born more than 30 years. Wiser in some respects, the engines for second and third generation (1592, 1756 and 1995 cm3) are derived for their share of the 132 series but their architecture retains distribution dual overhead cam head of their predecessors. Designed by the highly skilled Aurelio Lampredi these 4 cylinders are all characterized by their robust constitution and their propensity to hold high speeds without fail. Properly maintained, these engines are eligible for more than 200,000 miles without major problems. In 1983, the 2-liter engine with supercharger which is assigned to him and with 135 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute offers far superior driving pleasure. Models 2 liter injection (versions Pininfarina Spider Europa ) appear more versatile and easier to live with on a daily basis ....



Specifications :

    Engine: 4 cylinders
    Displacement: 1995 cm3
    Power: 135 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions / minute
    Torque: 250 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 185 km / h


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