Here are some horrible pictures of an awful but endearing casting of the Fiat 131 “Mirafiori,” so named for the suburb of Turin in which they were built. This, of course, is the Rallye version in the iconic Alitalia livery. This is a no-name Chinese casting, I think I got it as part of one of those huge packages of generic diecast you sometimes see at toy stores, I was given it as a gift. There is much wrong with it, but the front is nicely detailed, and it did come with the livery painted on the hood and roof. All the rest is my cold-handed Sharpie hackery.
I have a 1:43 Rallye as well, which will be featured later, perhaps for French Fiat Friday, as it was campaigned by Fiat France and is colored accordingly. I’ve always had a soft spot for these, as my aunt had one when I was young and I used to ride to school in it. I thought it was cool at the time because Italian cars are automatically cool, right?
And the real thing, because I think it’s a wonderfully purposeful looking machine: