La Bomba Rossa

La Bomba Rossa

I'm a loud little Italian car

Born in 1971 in Italy, I now live in Belgium.

The good cause

FiatPosted by Koen Bogaert Thu, December 21, 2017 21:34:14
In a true Christmas spirit I joined a static show where the entrance fees went straight to the "fight against cancer" organisation. And a good photographer send me this photo afterwards. I love that stance.

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Cars and Coffee

FiatPosted by Koen Bogaert Sun, November 26, 2017 22:49:36
La Bomba Rossa attended her first Cars & Coffee in Antwerp. Again she was the only 850 sport coupé so as a result she stole all the attention, every +50 year old visitor had a story on this little car :-)

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Classic rally

FiatPosted by Koen Bogaert Mon, October 16, 2017 14:35:15
I do like the concept of a classic rally: it brings you to places you didn't knew about, all participants are friendly petrolheads, there's no envy on who drives which car and here in Belgium there's a great emphasis on good food during the tour. La Bomba Rossa concluded the season in a through indian summer spirit.

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The secretary's Ferrari

VideoPosted by Koen Bogaert Mon, September 18, 2017 12:37:03
That's how they called the Fiat 850 Sport Coupe in Germany but also the US advertising was targeting this audience :-) Here's an ad for the first serie called "850 Coupe" with single head and taillights. In 1968 Fiat introduced the 850 Sport Coupe with a slightly bigger engine and double lights layout.

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La Bomba Rossa video

VideoPosted by Koen Bogaert Mon, September 18, 2017 12:22:26
A video I made the day I collected my little Fiat.

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let me introduce you to La Bomba Rossa

FiatPosted by Koen Bogaert Mon, September 18, 2017 12:12:59

Somewhere in the late sixties my father replaced his Beetle with a Fiat 850 Special. It was a logical choice since his brother was a car mechanic at a Fiat garage, so all of my family was driving this brand, some of them until today.

My first remembrance on this car is the long drive from Belgium to the South of Germany to spend the vacation over there. I knew my dad had a closed trailer to fit all the camping gear in but still today I wonder how this little car managed to bring us 800 km further every summer. At least that was what the little Fiat did 2 years in a row. Being only 3 years old I remember being stuck on the highway with a burning motor, which was the end of the Fiat. Faith in the brand was however quickly restored as a Fiat 128 was chosen as a successor.

Move forward to 2017: a well preserved Fiat 850 Sport Coupé crossed my path. No rust, mechanical ok, price was right but the only thing I needed to do was convince myself that car nr 5 in my garage would be an Italian, something I swore I would never buy.

My opposition fell away as soon as I was behind the wheel, I collected some raving reviews of 1968 when this “secretary Ferrari” hit the market and they were spot on: despite its dimensions it’s a comfortable car (in the front at least, the backseat is more a storage for a cool box and my better halfs handbag), the engine, despite its 903 cc can cope with today’s city traffic. But most of all: it’s one of the best designs ever for a small Italian car, Felice Mario Boano and Gian Paolo Boano created a masterpiece from every angle. Aurelio Lampredi, designer of the 4 1/2-litre Ferrari V12 engine which ended the domination of the Alfa Romeos in 1951, used his know how to develop a fine engine that can go high in the revs. Fiat licensed the Porsche synchro gearbox by paying Porsche and the legendary inventor Leopold Schmid a couple of Deutsche Mark per gearbox, knowing that millions of these boxes were used it created a steady income for the Germans.

Put this all together and you’ll end up with “La Bomba Rossa” - the red bomb, a name not chosen for the little Fiat’s speed, but for her extreme loud sport exhaust, but that is something for another post.

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