Re: What makes a 33 T.i a Veloce????
The original chrome bumper model Sprints you refer to did come with Veloce badging as they were factory models. The later plastic bumper Sprints did not come from the factory as Veloces hence why there was no Veloce badging on them.
The Veloce name was resurrected (in the UK at least) by the importer to broaden the model range they could offer as they were only selling the 1.5Ti and 1.7 Cloverleaf variants here of the 33 along with the 1.7 Sportwagon. They didn't import the other engines available to other markets nor did they opt to bring in the 4x4 models. The 1.3S for example never made it to the UK. The Veloce tag was cheapened as a result of this marketing exercise as it only meant the cars were fitted with a bodykit and that was fitted by TKM at their import centre. There were no performance upgrades whatsoever. Somewhat surprisingly the Veloce models seemed to be popular. The UK importer also chose to drastically limit the colour range available on the car so it could only be bought in white, red, black, silver and metallic grey. Other markets had a wider choice of colours from the factory. The series one had been available in a similarly restricted range of colours - white, red, ivory, metallic green and silver were the only options for the 1.3 and 1.5 models. The Series 1 1.5 Green Cloverleaf was only ever sold in red, silver or metallic grey.
I always preferred the standard 1.7 Cloverleaf model though I could understand buyers opting for the Ti Veloce as the standard 1.5 Ti had unpainted bumpers and looked pretty plain with a spec level that was less than generous and a price tag that was pretty high for what by then was an outdated car compared to more modern competitors.
Last edited by isuk; 19-05-09 at 22:07.