Thursday, January 2, 2014

1985 DeTomaso Innocenti Turbo - A Car With British, Italian, and Japanese Heritage

This is an Italian / British / Japanese hybrid.

This is essentially a rebodied (by Bertone) Innocenti Mini. In 1975 Alejandro de Tomaso took over Innocenti. In 1980 De Tomaso revised the car with a new suspension (struts upfront, leaf springs in back) and a 3 cylinder engine from Daihatsu.

This is the turbo version of the car, which was known as the Innocenti DeTomaso Turbo. The engine is just 998ccs and yet is able to move the car to 60 MPH in 10 seconds.

There is very little about the car that feels Japanese or British. It feels like an Italian super-mini, especially when the turbo is on boost.

The Innocenti Mini was sold in Canada from 1984 through 1986. I was lucky enough to have driven one for a few minutes while on vacation there back in the 1980s.

This car has been on several sites for quite some time. It is listed as a "project car," but no details are given. It looks to be complete and in nice shape, so I assume it has mechanical issues.

Also not listed is the asking price. Sadly, that usually means - especially in this case where the car has been for sale for so long - an unrealistic price.

I usually don't post cars with vague descriptions and no asking price, but this car is too cool to ignore.

Located in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada, click here to see the ad.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's not a cool car as I owned one many years ago. The parts were expensive (headlight cost $125). At the time I was living in Penhold just outside of Red Deer , AB. I seen this a a car show in Calgary and thought what a great car so bought one. In 1985 I drove the car to Ontario for a course and had to replace several parts (starter, windshield motor and a headlight). It was so expensive that when I returned to Alberta I traded the lemon for a Honda Civic.