Weekend Edition – 1994 Fiat Uno

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There are a number of ’80s-’90s cars you just don’t see anymore. Old Fiats seem to vanish at an alarming rate, like they have always done, and by now the Fiat Uno is a rare sight on our roads. They sold reasonably well when new, as they were pretty cheap, but that just meant they were disposable. And right now, first generation Puntos are going the way of the dodo, joining the ranks of Unos gotten ground to little bits of metal and rust flakes.
This survivor Uno isn’t clean, but it’s holding on.

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There seems to have been two kinds of Unos, either ones that wouldn’t develop a speck of rust or those that disintegrated quickly. This 1.1-litre, fuel-injected late model car has been welded and primered to withstand just a little longer.
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The facelift Uno is not quite as pure a piece of design as the initial cars, but it’s somehow a little more mature effort. I do think one could still pick up a clean example for cheap, tidy it up even more and tuck it away for the future, when almost all of them have disappeared. It wouldn’t need to be a turbo version or even remotely hot, just a good old Uno that does its best.
[Images: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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  1. Alff Avatar

    International Drive Like a Pirate Day?

    1. stigshift Avatar

      Beat me to it!

  2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    No reference to Yar’s Revenge?

  3. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    Also this brings back fond memories of my dads Fiat Tipo, the Unos bigger brother. It was a cheapskate special with manual everything, including a manual choke. In 1989. It’s the first of dads cars that i actually remember.
    My most vivid memories of that car are the window cranks coming off in your hands, the doors always freezing shut and dad asking us kids to just hold on to the doorhandles to keep the doors from swinging open in traffic, the throttle cable freezing and dad driving in circles on full throttle until it thawed, the shocks puking their oil out on a speedbump, and driving 500km without an exhaust becase it fell off. It never left us stranded though.
    Was just looking at old pictures the other day and found this.
    It got quite warm in the summer with five people in the car and no AC, driving around with a trailer. Once the trailer-mounted bike stand case off and the trailer ran over the bikes.