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LaLD Car Week: Free for all Friday - Tomica Fiat 131 Abarth Rally

Or Fiat Friday? Today we examine something from Italy. This is Tomica F11-2, the Fiat 131 Abarth, in rally livery. This casting entered the range in March 1979, and it is a high quality model as expected from Tomica of this era:

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This casting has good detail and proportion, and sits on gold thin/button wheels. I often don’t prefer these wheels, but somehow I think they work on this car, maybe due to some modern rally cars using gold wheels:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week: Free for all Friday - Tomica Fiat 131 Abarth Rally

As expected, this casting features the snappy door action, springy suspension, and crisp glazing we associate with vintage Tomica. Doors open to reveal a detailed interior and accurate steering wheel:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week: Free for all Friday - Tomica Fiat 131 Abarth Rally

Here’s a period pic of a 1:1 example in action from johnywheels.com:

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And that’s it for LaLD car week for me.

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