The rebirth of the Jaguar D-Type wasn’t the only interesting news to come out of this year’s Retromobile as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles used the event to unveil its new “Reloaded by Creators” program.
Described as a new sales service for collectors of classic Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Fiat and Lancia vehicles, the program will see FCA Heritage purchase, restore, and resell an assortment of interesting models. As the automaker explained, they will buy a handful of “carefully selected classic cars” and then restore them to their original glory. The cars will then be sold and the funds raised from the program will be used to “finance new scouting activities to add important new pieces to FCA’s historic collection.”
The company says they got the idea from art museums and believes it is a “real cultural project” which will benefit collectors as well as lovers of classic cars.
The first five models are on display at Retromobile and one of them is a 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider which has been in the possession of the company for nearly three decades. It was used for an assortment of different “technical tests” and FCA says this makes the model truly unique.
Buyers looking for something slightly older can check out the 1989 Alfa Romeo SZ. It was one of the first vehicles produced and the car was used for testing at the Balocco circuit. Like the standard model, the vehicle was built by Zagato and features lightweight bodywork as well as a 3.0-liter V6 engine.
If you like the Fiat 124 Spider but want something with a little more heritage, the 1981 Spider Europa Pininfarina could be right up your alley. This particular model has a 2.0-liter engine with 105 PS (77 kW) and FCA says the car has only been driven for 10,000 km (6,213 miles).
Sticking with the classic theme, the 1973 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Monte Carlo is a fully restored special edition which was created to celebrate the company’s victory in the 1972 Monte Carlo Rally. It is powered by a 1.3-liter engine which develops 90 PS (66 kW).
Lastly, FCA will offer a 1959 Lancia Appia Coupé. The car was designed by Pininfarina and is a 2+2 which has “two-tone bodywork which emphasizes the elegance of the roof.”