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.
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.
That rearview mirror is so ’80s Ferrari. Or maybe it’s the other way around?
Maybe, just maybe, that front arch extension combined with a front splitter is too much.
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.