SEAT has entered a classic 124 Sport Coupé 1600, which was built in 1972, in the 2012 Silvretta Classic. The 340-mile race, which runs from 5 to 8 July through the breath-taking scenery of the Austrian Alps, is one of Europe’s top events for classic cars.
The car will be driven by SEAT S.A. Vice president of Production, Dr. Andreas Tostmann.
Entrants will face three main stages through the Montafon, Vorarlberg and Tyrol regions of the Austrian Alps, where they will have to tackle numerous Alpine passes and steep roads.
Speed is not the aim but precise timekeeping is, so even the oldest cars taking part have the same chances of success as younger models; cars entered in the race must have been produced no later than 1992.
The SEAT 124 Sport Coupé 1600 was introduced in 1970 Its two-door body contains four full-size seats, and its elegant design is very impressive even now. The 1.6-litre petrol engine develops 111PS and gives the car a top speed of 111 mph.
The 124 Sport Coupé was the first SEAT model to have a five-speed gearbox. It was followed in 1973 by the slightly modified 124 Sport Coupé 1800, with a 1.8-litre engine developing 118 hp. The SEAT 124 Sport Coupé (1600 and 1800 versions) remained in production from 1970 to 1975; altogether about 23,000 were built.