La Bomba Rossa

The good causeFiat

Posted 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.

Cars and CoffeeFiat

Posted 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 rallyFiat

Posted 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.



The secretary's FerrariVideo

Posted 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 videoVideo

Posted 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 RossaFiat

Posted 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.

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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.

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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.


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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.