1970 Datsun 510

Vintage Race Car



Lancia Beta




Longer ratio 5th gear conversion

5e plus longue

Gear set for all Lancia Beta models (including Scorpion and Montecarlo). Reduces engine rpm by 700 for much quieter running, 15% less fuel and less wear.


Conversion pour toutes les Beta (y compris Scorpion et Montecarlo). Baisse de 700 tours du régime moteur: plus silencieux, 15% d'économie d'essence et moins d'usure moteur. FACILE À INSTALLER!

Info: Lancia 5th Gear



Fiat 500 'Cinquecento'


These lines were written by a FIAT expert on Bring-a-Trailer. He expresses clearly the reasons for the rise of the Cinquecento to cult status and its imprtance in automotive history. Photos by Alain Raymond ©

"This ingenious creation of Dante Giacosa (the original Fiat 500, not the Abarth versions) is still more appreciated for its mythical status of THE car that motorised post-WWII Italy – this undeniable fact giving it an air of irresistible charm in whatever form it appears.  it is so undeniable, in fact, than even FIAT themselves elected to use the original Fiat 500′s spirit for their “make-or-break” attempt, the new 500.

The new 500 was (is?) the cornerstone of FIAT’s attempts to save the business/brand, and luckily IS succesful. Just to make sure that it succeeds, as in “just-in-case”, FIAT also made sure that the new 500 is also honestly engineered as well (although in the times we live, ‘image’ and visual identity play the utmost role for 80-85% of the buyers).  The point is .... that the actual car that Giacosa designed/constructed, the original 500, is not so spectacular in pure automotive terms. Being “stripped” of the cult-status and of the myth, it is a somewhat comical design, that has anyway to be very appreciated at least for the perfect execution of its “design-envelope”.

Moreover, being “slightly” undersize (in order to fit the narrow streets of many Italian cities), it has a distinct ARCHITECTURAL value, as it sits almost lonely somewhere at the top in the list of cars whose design had to be massively influenced by urbanism / architecture.

To top it off, Giacosa constructed it in a way that made it so economical to produce, and hence so affordable-to-people + profitable-to-FIAT, that it actually produced a real socio-economic change (comparable to Ford T in USA), making Italians recover from WWII in a somewhat relaxed fashion (motoring-wise).
The profits that these cars yielded for FIAT, and the general flourish of italian industry this model triggered, brought also the uprise of FIAT into the giant it became, making Italy a source of numerous other exotic motoring icons.In other words: if it wasn’t for the original 500, MOST of what we love from post 1960s Italy (motoring-wise) WOULDN’T exist.


Of course, it is another topic altogether whether such “socio-economic-relevant” cars (Ford T, Beetle, 2CV, R4, Logan etc…) are actually GOOD CARS from mainstream automotive point of view.  Bitter as this may sound, SOME of those iconic cars simply sailed on the old Henry Ford’s : “a new car is the best car”, and were NOT that brilliantly designed to start with. This notion, combined with certain economic situations that created a huge demand for affordable motoring, sometimes contrive to “mask” the real designer creativity.  On the other hand, it is a form of art to create a car full of character, with so strict limits on price/affordability.

The original 500 is one of those rare cars.  It was designed by a genius.

 And Carlo Abarth – well that’s another (long) story altogether…"