In the world there are brands of cars with over a century of history. While there are few firms that can boast of being a hundred years old, the truth is that some manufacturers have directly influenced what it is today in day of the automotive sector. But, do all the cars that launches a brand to be remembered? The truth is that no, many go with more pain than glory for the dealers.
however, each brand has its limited list of releases historic that, with the passage of the years, it has become an icon of automotive history. And of these models we want to talk about in this article. In particular, we are going to review some of the most important cars and iconic of the history of the SEAT. To understand the history of the automotive sector in Spain, it is necessary to do the same with SEAT.
The mythical Spanish brand has accompanied us from the time that the simple fact of having a car was a status symbol, even today. Whether in good times or in times of uncertainty for the Spanish brand, SEAT, has to its credit some of the most important cars for the automotive history of our country. Throughout this article we will review some of them.
The SEAT 600 was the first car produced by SEAT, as the Spanish middle-class.
Also known popularly as the “six Hundred”, the SEAT 600 is a small utility segment To manufactured by SEAT, between the years 1957 and 1973. Built using as base the Fiat 600 original designed by the Italian Dante Giacosa, the 600 was the first car SEAT produced for the great majority of spaniards of the time. An excellent option for families of middle class of those years could access to the automobile sector.
With a weight of just 700 kilograms and a length of just over 3 metres, this little car is one of the main icons of the automotive history of spain. During his nearly two decades of history, SEAT manufactured various versions of the 600 known as Normal, D, E, and L Special. To this we must add other variants aimed at a commercial use as well as the model “convertible”. Also it was designed a SEAT 600 of battle extended to be able to provide it with a bodywork of four doors, however, was marketed under the name of SEAT 800.
The SEAT Popemobile was created for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982.
taking Advantage of the visit of Pope John Paul II to our country in the year 1982, the boys SEAT decided to take advantage of that time to create their particular Popemobile. Using as base a SEAT Panda at the time, was built in the factory of the brand in Barcelona. A model that was created by way of a banner of the Spanish auto industry of the time.
Was built by the company Tecnitrade (conditioning) and we used the shield from a Range Rover to make it as safe as possible. The result was a behemoth on wheels whose weight exceed 6,500 kilograms. windows were bulletproof because they had more of 4 cm of thickness. The wheels are filled with rubber instead of air and has a large window by which the High priest could greet all the parishioners.
currently, this Popemobile is conserved in perfect state in a deposit of The Escorial as a souvenir of the visit of the above-mentioned Pope to Spain.
SEAT Ibiza Cupra R
SEAT Ibiza Cupra R. Only manufactured 200 units. The interpretation of the sport compact Spanish.
Although to day of today has become a kind of rara avis, the truth is that if anything characterizes the variants Cupra that we can find today in the range of SEAT, is your direct influence by models of yesteryear as the above-mentioned SEAT Ibiza Cupra R. The ultimate expression of sportiness on the outside, and is, the central pillar of the range of the brand. The Ibiza. And though today it is very rare to find units in good condition for sale, not to say impossible, the truth is that this compact had everything to be a success in its time. And is that it is to be noted that were only made 200 units.
The SEAT Ibiza Cupra R had under his hood with a engine 1.8-liter turbo gasoline with 180 HP with which he could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds and reach a top speed of 225 km/h. A mechanical specific we should add a equipment typical of a compact at that time. It had climate control, upholstery-specific leather-wrapped steering wheel, multiple airbags, and a whole series of elements with which to make more comfortable its use journal.
The SEAT Fura is situated as the predecessor of the SEAT Ibiza. Manufactured in the decade of the 80.
¿have you Not heard of the name Fura? it Is an automobile of segment B is estimated as , the predecessor of the SEAT Ibiza. Taking into account that Ibiza is one of the main pillars on which rests the brand currently (and has all the ballots to continue in a short-term future), it has seemed to us very interesting to give a certain prominence to their ancestor in this collection.
Also called as SEAT 127 Fura, was manufactured and marketed between the years 1981-1986. Based on the third and last series of the Fiat 127, the Fura inherited in full his design. Yes, in the case of the Spanish model, SEAT decided to introduce the possibility of choosing two types of bodies: 3-and 5-door. By way of remodeling the SEAT 127, is adapted to the times in which he lived, talking about the paragraph aesthetic.
Had a calender of larger dimensions, as well as a few beacons of design grid. Also had a few bumpers as well as fenders side more pronounced compared to its predecessor.
SEAT Ibiza first generation with its three-door body.
If we have previously been speaking of the predecessor of the SEAT Ibiza, the Fura, we could not stop to pass the time (and the article) not to mention that, as we have said, is one of the fundamental pillars of the Spanish company. Was released in the year 1984 and, to this day, remains one of the main models of SEAT. The Ibiza came to occupy the position of SEAT Fura, as we have mentioned, was his predecessor.
Although it was designed on the platform of the SEAT Ronda, who was also the architecture used by the Fiat Ritmo, in its design, it sought mainly offers a great livability both for the seats front and rear. All this taking into account the segment to which it belongs.
Its design was the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro, took advantage of one of the proposals for the second generation of the Volkswagen Golf and that was rejected by VW. Given the bad economic situation which crossed the mark in that time, the fact of being able to take advantage of a design rejected by Volkswagen was a great saving in the cost of development of the first Ibiza. Obviously, and as we see today, the SEAT Ibiza was a success, both in your market homeland as well as abroad.
SEAT 1200 Sport “Bocanegra”
The SEAT 1200 Sport is popularly known as the “Bocanegra”.
Using as a base, a body created by the Italian designer Aldo Sessano, SEAT development through the company Inducar Tarrasa a model that, without a doubt fell in love with the conductors of the time. The SEAT 1200 Sport. Advance using a prototype referred to as SEAT 127 Coupe, this model had a 1.2-liter engine with 67 HP mounted transversely and allowed this model coupe with an interior for four passengers with a maximum speed of 160 km/h approximately.
Although it was only half a decade in production, the SEAT 1200 Sport, more popularly known as the “Bocanegra” was an icon for the Spanish brand due to its characteristics and design. In addition, just two years after its release saw the light of the SEAT 1430 Sport, an update that had an engine of greater displacement as well as power, 77 HP.
in Addition to its mechanics, its design, which earned him the aforementioned nickname Bocanegra, was one of his principal letters of introduction. It had a prominent front bumper wrapped in black plastic and in which were inserted the headlamps and the calender. This front, together with the green paint of the bodywork created a combination of the most peculiar.
SEAT Panda Gr.2
TheAT PAnda Gr.2 (Group 2) was conceived for the competition.
With over three decades of history, the SEAT Panda Gr.2 (Group 2) is all a symbol of the passage of SEAT for the world of competition. After the launch of the SEAT Ibiza brand we found with a problem to be able to venture into the world of the rallies. And it was the lack of power that the small compact I could shed for this task. What would be the solution? Simple but very effective.
The engineers SEAT took this Panda Gr.2 and endowed with two engines. One in the front and another in the posterior area. The result was a true monster indomitable four-wheel drive.
For the first time in its history, the SEAT enters the SUV segment with the Ateca.
Although the contrast of this new model in comparison with the mentioned above can be excessive, the truth is that I have found it very important to close this compilation with the new Ateca. And that is, if we take into account that it is the first SUV in the history of the SEAT, the truth is that we will play a leading role in the future history of the brand.
Presented at the Geneva motor show 2016, the new SEAT Ateca is the fruit of years of work to create a SUV-of-line rude to the couple that stylized. A model with which to enjoy both inside and outside of the large cities. The new SEAT Ateca is offered in both petrol and diesel engine types, and with front-wheel drive and/or comprehensive. design and development 100% English (although it shares elements with models of Skoda and uses a platform of Volkswagen), will be the beginning of a new family of models of SEAT.