Fiat 131 Abarth (1980 Rally Portugal Winner) - 1:18 Scale Diecast Model Car by Kyosho
- 1:18 Scale (approximately ten inches in length)
- Diecast metal body, features opening hood, doors and trunk
- Poseable steering
In the history of motor racing, there are a few epic drives that stand out as the greatest of all time. For grand prix devotees, it's Nuvolari at the Nurburgring in 1935, or Fangio at the same track in 1957. For sports car enthusiasts, it's Rodriguez at the Osterreichring in 1971. And for rally fans, Walter Röhrl's performance in the 1980 Rally Portugal ranks as one of, if not THE greatest drives in the history of the sport. Fighting hammer-and-tongs with Fiat teammate and archrival Markku Alén, Röhrl took a slim lead and a damaged car into the rally's notorious Arganil stage, a serpentine 26-mile mountainside thrash. And then, the fog rolled in. Having spent the night before ritualistically pre-visualizing every corner on the stage, Röhrl charged into a near-zero-visibility stage fearlessly. The result? Röhrl extended his lead in the rally by an astonishing FOUR FULL MINUTES in the single 26-mile stage, en route to a crushing victory in the event and ultimately the World Championship for the season.
The car that Walter Röhrl and navigator Christian Geistdörfer took to this historic victory in the 1980 Rally Portugal, the Fiat 131 Abarth, is now commemorated in a brilliant 1:18-scale diecast model replica by Kyosho. This astonishingly detailed model features a fully opening diecast body that exposes a faithfully realized engine compartment and cockpit. The car's beautiful blue-and-white livery is captured in lustrous splendor, as is the prominent "FIAT" crest on the car's bulging hood. The Rally Portugal 131 Abarth by Kyosho is certain to be a cherished addition to any collection of historic scale model rally cars.