Check out Fiat, Lancia and Abarth’s new treasure chest
FCA’s new Heritage HUB is an Aladdin's cave of vintage Italian awesomeness
Over the years, we’ve showcased plenty of sheds that are bursting with automotive gems. Not that you’d ever know from the outside. They all tend to be in big, featureless enormo-hangars on some forgettable industrial estate. Click these blue words to see what we mean. But now there’s a new big, featureless enormo-hangar on some forgettable industrial estate. It’s fantastically Italian and full to the brim of some of the finest Fiat, Lancia and Abarths ever. If you're into those, it might just be heaven.
It’s called the Heritage HUB, FCA’s new storage facility for the various brand’s legends. Basically, it’s lots of lovely good things under one roof. And don’t worry, we’ve already asked to see it for ourselves to dig a bit deeper.
Located on the former Officina 81 site in Via Plava, Turin, the 15,000-square-metre factory has been tastefully restored without being modernised so that Kevin McCloud comes knocking, to become a holding facility for over 250 Fiats, Lancias, and Abarths from the FCA Heritage Collection.
The cars include everything from rare design studies, crazy concepts, heroic race and rally cars, plus plenty of one-offs and cars that have never been seen in public. We’re talking things like the Lancia Fulvia HF 1600, the legendary Stratos HF, the imperious Delta HF, the Fiat Panda Rock Moretti, 124 Abarth Rally and Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo and the LC2. There’s also lots, lots, lots more.
The collection has been curated to showcase, preserve and promote the heritage of the Fiat, Lancia, and Abarth brands and is separated into eight thematic exhibitions (Archistars, Concept and Personalised cars, Eco and Sustainable, Epic Journeys, Records and Races, Small and Safe, Style Marks, The Rally Era) each highlighting eight cars from different eras and brands dating back to 1908.
The HUB will also become home to FCA Heritage, and the display space for the “Reloaded by Creators” project, which certifies and restores all vintage models and prepares them for sale much like Lamborghini’s Polo Storico department.
We haven’t got the exact dates yet, but unlike a lot of manufacturer’s sheds this display will soon be open to the public. You’re tempted to check out cheap flights, aren’t you? Go on, do it.
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