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Saturday, October 24, 2020

One of the popular Italian youngster sports cars in the 1960s

There are many small car manufacturers in Italy have long locked the doors of their factories now, once ever produced unique and beautiful cars in their hey days. One of them is Moretti Motor Company. This Italian car company was founded by Giovanni Moretti in 1925 and was active in production until 1989.
1967 Moretti Fiat 850 Sportiva designed by Dany Brawand for Moretti Motor Company based on the Fiat 850 Coupe. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dNVMqL)
In 1967 the company did what could be said to be a genius move enough to melt the hearts of automotive enthusiasts of the day by launching a nimble sporty wheeled-creation onto the streets of Italy named Moretti Sportiva. This is a model of the iconic two-door small sports car designed by Dany Brawand and produced by Moretti Motor Company started from 1967 to 1971 and built on the chassis of the Fiat 850 Coupe plus the engine. 
1967 Moretti Fiat 850 Sportiva uses a a rear-engine measuring 52 cubic inches with a capacity of 843 cc. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34dWTwU)
The sports car was first introduced at the Turin Motor Show 1965, and also stated that is the Moretti's last customizable car model, including an exclusive choice of seat colors. At the time, the company offers the possibility to get a special trim and level of prestige according to the buyer demand.

Initially, the Moretti Sportiva was made as a two-seater sport coupe, although later it was also available its convertible version. The exterior design has dual headlights, with a fastback-like at rear end that is said to help improve aerodynamics.
1967 Moretti Fiat 850 Sportiva has dual headlights, with a fastback-like at rear end that is said to help improve aerodynamics. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HeJnjr)
The first batch of Moretti Fiat Sportiva was offered with the use of a rear engine measuring 52 cubic inches with a capacity of 843 cc, capable of generating a power of about 47 hp (35 kW) at 6,000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 59 Nm (44 lb.ft). This standard engine capacity can then be customized such in the S2 version to 982 cc.
1970 Moretti Fiat 850 Sportiva S2 uses a slightly different engine than S1, ie a rear-engine measuring 52 cubic inches with a capacity of 982 cc. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2T6TIAC)
Due to its aerodynamic nature, this car needed something to act as a balancer, so the spare wheel was stored horizontally in the front area, and took up almost all the available space so that there was nothing left for luggage storage. Therefore, the Sportiva designers had to make a new luggage compartment that was placed between the seat and the engine room at the back, it was made by using a rigid fabric.

In terms of performance, when the engine power drives its rear-wheels through 4-speed manual transmission, so it made the Moretti Sportiva able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 15 seconds before reaching a top speed of 103 mph or 165 kph.
Although Moretti Fiat Sportiva can be said to be quite popular among young people in Italy, it does not automatically increase its sales figures. This is because the selling price is quite high at that time, only about 300 Moretti Sportiva units rolled from the production line (in various versions) until the end of its production period in 1971. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSICDRIVER.COM | VIARETRO]
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