What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

Until the 1980s fade from living memory, there will be cars kitted out with Ferrari Testarossa side-streaks. There could be worse candidates for the job than a slightly dilapidated Fiat Uno Turbo.

The Uno was the Testarossa’s contemporary, introduced a year before Ferrari updated its Berlinetta Boxer to create one of the major visual landmarks of the ’80s. It’s one of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s most iconic designs, a deceptively simple boxlike structure which still manages to ooze Italian style. From 1985 on, it came with something very special under the hood: a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline four making 105 hp. That may only be 27% of a Testarossa’s 390 hp flat-12, but the Uno is light enough to not need more.

At barely over 1,500 pounds, a swift wind could propel it just fine—the ferocious spring winds of Budapest, where this car was photographed, could propel it all the way to Giugiaro HQ.

What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

Black, red, and gold may be more German than Italian but it works great on the Turbo. The outside-mounted tire weight is a great touch.

What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

That rearview mirror is so ’80s Ferrari. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

Invisible Abarth!

What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

Maybe, just maybe, that front arch extension combined with a front splitter is too much.

What a Ferrari Testarossa and a Fiat Uno have in common

This particular Uno was parked a block from Budapest’s most famous high school, whose graduates gave us, among other things, the Manhattan Project, the H-bomb, and the State of Israel.