Unique automobiles against a grand hotel backdrop amid a prestigious atmosphere. SEAT was back this year at the Schloss Bensberg Classics. SEAT exterior designer Christian Felske from Centro Technico in Martorell was driving a SEAT 124 Sport Coupé from 1972 and was accompanied by Karsten Rehmann, Editor-in-Chief of Classic Cars.
The route of around 200 kilometres through the Bergisches Land offered winding, idyllic back roads with plenty of gradients. They key to this competition was first and foremost driving precision, which came down to millimetres and hundredths of a second. The main programme points were the historic rally featuring a number of renowned entrants and a FIVA-A concours d’elegance with some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful classic cars. Vehicles up to the year 1984 were registered for the event, with participation limited to 80 vehicles.
The SEAT 124 Sport Coupé 1600 was launched in 1970. The two-door bodyshell is still much admired for its elegant design and surrounds an interior with four full-sized seats. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 110 PS and delivers a top speed of 180 km/h. The 124 Sport Coupé marked SEAT’s first use of a five-speed gearbox and was followed in 1973 by the slightly modified 124 Sport Coupé 1800, now with a 118 PS 1.8-litre engine. The SEAT 124 Sport Coupé (1600 and 1800) was built from 1970 until 1975, during which time around 23,000 units were produced.
SEAT 124 Sport Coupé 1600
|Bodyshell||Coupé 2-door, 4 seats|
|Kerb weight||995 kg|
|Engine||4 cylinders, inline|
|Max. power||110 PS @ 6,400 rpm|
|Fuel supply||Two 40 IDF 10 Weber twin carburettors|
|Ave. consumption||12 l/100 km|
|Drive/transmission||Rear-wheel drive, 5-speed transmission|
|Suspension||Front: independent wishbone with coil springs and hydraulic dampers; anti-roll barRear: beam axle with springs, hydraulic-telescopic dampers, 4 longitudinal torque struts and one transverse strut|
|Tyres||165 HR-13”, wheel 13” X 5J|
|L x W x H in mm||4,123 x 1,670 x 1,340|
|Wheelbase in mm||2,420|