[As of today, there's only one Fiat 131 left in Britain with an active registration according to the Department for Transport's database. As a former Fiat 131 owner, I must point out that this is a rear-wheel drive car with a DOHC engine and a five-speed manual. Shame on you lads!]
Back in 1974, Fiat wanted to show off just how tough their 131 sedan was. How'd they do it? They jumped it over a riverbed.
For some reason, American car shoppers in 1980 mostly chose Corollas, 810s, and RX-7s over Stradas, Bravas, and X1/9s, in spite of Fiat offering up to 400 bucks off the sticker price!
What you see here is a rally car run by Fiat’s factory racing team in 1975 with great success. It’s called the Fiat Abarth 131/031 Mirafiori 3500 Bertone.