And this superbly-crafted machine could be yours. To enter our Barchetta competition, all you have to do is collect 12 differently numbered tokens from The Independent and the Independent On Sunday. Your total of 12 tokens must include at least one from the Independent On Sunday.
In case you have missed any of the Tokens we have published so far, we are giving you a special Token 1 to 4 so you can start your collection today. Token 5 will apear in tomorrow's Independent. Separately dated starter and bonus tokens will count towards your total of 12. We will give details of how to enter later.
The Barchetta really is something special. The 1747cc 16-valve twin- cam engine delivers 130bhp and the car will accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just over eight seconds. The power-assisted steering is swift and precise, the gearing quick and consistent and the overall ride is reassuringly shudder free.
The designers boast that with their "little boat" they have brought "the outside inside" - the inside of the door is painted the same colour as the exterior and tones beautifully with the interior trim.
The seats are bolstered to give firm, sure support, the steering wheel is height adjustable and the instruments are laid out so as to be both aesthetically pleasing and highly practical.
Though the inside sits comfortably in the late 1990s, external features such as the ridge above the wheel arches are decidedly retro. Even the door handle acknowledges past classic design. An aluminium strip is set flush to the door next to an aluminium button - press the button and the strip flips out to do service as a handle.
Comparisons are often odious but Fiat can take a great deal of comfort from the fact that motoring writers have likened the Barchetta to the current Lotus Elan, a car with immaculate handling and dependable grip.
The Barchetta, which goes on sale here in the Summer, will only be produced as a left-hand drive model - a minor drawback considering the pure pleasure of driving it and the satisfaction of attracting admiring glances wherever you go.
And if owning it tempts you to a Grand Tour, then the left-hand drive will not only be practical but add that final touch of Euro-class to a great adventure.
1. To enter the Fiat Barchetta prize draw you need to collect 12 differently numbered tokens, at least one of which must have come from the Independent On Sunday.
2. The closing date for entries is 14 April 1995. Send to: The Independent/Fiat Barchetta Contest, PO Box 88, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1TX along with a completed Entry Form which will be printed at the end of the competition.
3. For previously published tokens or an Entry Form send and SAE to: The Independent/Fiat Barchetta, PO Box 250, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1TU. State the tokens you require (only 4 tokens per application). Please mark clearly on your envelope, TOKEN REQUEST or ENTRY FORM. If you need both, please send seperate SAE's. Requests must be received by first post 7 April 1995.
4. Employees and agents of Newspaper Publishing plc or those of any other national newspaper company or of any other newspaper company associated with Newspaper Publishing plc or any firm connected with the promotion are not eligible to take part, neither are their relatives nor members of their families or households. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
5. The prize is as stated and will be available in the Summer.
6. There is no cash alternative.
7. There is a limit of one entry per household.
8. Photocopies of tokens are not acceptable.
9. The promoter reserves the right in their absolute discretion to disqualify any entry or competitor, nominee, add to, or waive any rules.
10. No correspondence will be entered into. Proof of postage will not be accepted as proof of receipt. The promoter will not take responsibility for entries lost or damaged in the post. The Editor's decision is final.Reuse content