About That Mystery Car

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The Friday Mystery Car contest has been going on for a couple of years now, originally with disguised images pulled from the deepest depths of the Internet – and then when that resource was discovered to be easily penetrated – with pics from my own extensive collection of automobilia. And despite my attempts to mask our weekly car’s identity, it proved the exception rather than the rule that it wasn’t solved on the same day as the post, sometimes even within the same hour.

But that hasn’t always been the case, and there have been a number of contests that have gone unsolved. I don’t like doing follow up posts on those because that means that I can’t use those cars again, perhaps in a slightly different form. There has been one that has proved so vexing – so teeth edge-putting – and has resultedin so many requests for its reveal that I am bowing to all the cries of uncle and am providing the solution, right here today, immediately after the jump.

 Annnnnd, it’s an Autobianchi A112 Abarth, and one that I snapped on the streets of Veroia Greece.


As I’m sure you are aware, the A112 is based on Fiat’s 127 Supermini, and was introduced in 1969. The Abarth edition arrived in 1971 and was particularly popular among young Euro-Hoons for its diminutive size and modest but rabid performance. The Autobianchi Abarth may not be hugely fast, but it makes you feel like it is, even when it’s standing still.

So there it is, a little red A112 and a car that stumped the best of you. Next we’ll work on solving the meaning of life. Of course that one has me pretty flummoxed too.

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16 responses to “About That Mystery Car”

  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    Whoa! I know a guy that owns an Autobianchi, but it looks like this:
    <img src="http://www.autobianchi.altervista.org/img/bianchina/2.jpg"&gt;

    1. FreeMan Avatar

      That's cute as a button! (Not really sure what that means, but my wife assures me that buttons are cute.)
      Looks like a terrifying ride on the streets of Manhattan, though. However, I can see where it would probably be pretty handy on the twisty, tiny, narrow inner city streets of Rome or Paris.

  2. kyle_a_m Avatar

    "a car that stumped the best of you"
    But…I guessed that last week. Mostly.
    I'd dispute this being a legit Abarth – I can't find a single example with the nameplate on a standard A112 grille like that…but it could be.
    They typically look like this:
    <img src="http://static1.carsablanca.de/files/medias/filename/GTRZ5992_8168_big.jpg?1280330402"&gt;

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      The Abarth emblem on the mystery car looks like it's been cut down, and it's held on with zip ties or bread twist ties.

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Right You are, that Graverobber's photo is probably of "Normale" (this version name really seems to exist) with added part from Abarth grille which gives at least 10 km/h additional top speed, in owner's mind. Congrats, Kyle! That was difficult one.
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fd/Autobianchi_A112_Normale_ca_1974.jpg&quot; width="584">

  3. john365 Avatar

    I'll just leave this right here… (skip to 0:45)
    [youtube K0lwbJMcex8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0lwbJMcex8 youtube]

  4. nanoop Avatar

    First time I can expect to sleep throughout the night without nightmares since May 17th, thanks for both!

  5. dead_elvis Avatar

    The meaning of life? 42

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    1. Rover1 Avatar

      This is still the only unsolved one, right ?

      1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
        ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

        I'm not sure, a fellow named Kyle might know though. I also think there is an old one still unanswered, before they got numbered, of some car part, but I think Dr. Harrell is still working on that one. But now that I'm home and my work is not blocking the Autobianchi that Duke has right up top, that looks a bit like this too now to me. These can be really infuriating, can't they? Fun!

        1. kyle_a_m Avatar

          Heh. Well, it ain't perfect, but you can check here…

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    a good car show in the comments. ghost machine and so on ..

  9. johnyD Avatar

    Abart is not so bad car, as it seems to be! I tried is once and I was really impressed! Will definitely try again!
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