Slot Cars Rule !!!

SCX Fiat 124 Abarth

This SCX car is a very nice reproduction of the Fiat 124 Abarth and a surprisingly good slot ride

In 1976, Alen and Kivimaki took the #7 Fiat 124 Abarth to the 6th place of the Monte Carlo Rallye while the sister car #5 finished 8th. This was to be the last successful year of that car in rally racing as it would be replaced later that year by the Fiat 131 Abarth.


The Engine on the car was a 4-cylinder, in line, mounted longitudinally in front, twin overhead camshafts, 16 valves, Weber 48 mm IDF carburetors, 1839 cc 16 valve and fuel injection delivering 210 bhp. The body was all steel unitary construction, in a two-seater sports coupe configuration. The suspension in the front sported a wishbone and coil springs with telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar while the rear was a wishbone with a MacPherson strut. A 5-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels completed the drive train and at a weight of under a metric ton (weight: 980 kg) this car was fast.

SCX did a very nice job on the car. The shape is accurate and the paint, decal quality, and finish are very good. One disappointment for the purists might be that the top of the cars was actually yellow during that race but SCX chose to render it in blue instead. Everything else in the livery seems adequate and the decals are of the right size and in the proper place.


Taking a peak on the driver side and then on the navigator side …. Can you read the notes?


The 6 spokes wheels, hubs and tires are nice and the rounded side walls add a nice touch with a softly imprinted SCX marking on the tire walls.


Flipping the car over, one will find a nicely detailed under-pan … This might because the car will spend a fair amount of time on the roof once on the track … After all, it is a rallye car ☺. No SCX motor pod on this car, just a traditional in-line mounting. Nice double braided guide flag, soft and smooth, with nearly 180 degree rotation.


Three screws, one in the back, two on the sides get you inside the car. As is customary in all SCX cars now, no wires !!!! The guide connects to the motor through copper contacts and the lights, mounted inside the body per se, also get power through copper contacts as the body is assembled on top of the chassis.


The front axle mounts directly into the plastic chassis, no bushings. However it spins very freely and had surprisingly little play in it. The rear axle exhibits very traditional in-line mounting with brass bushings firmly held in the chassis. Gluing these bushings in place is recommended for use on tracks with plenty of grip and traction.


The front of the chassis shows the spring mounted self-centering guide, surprisingly smooth and sturdy. Right underneath the spring you can find a small capacitor, mounted there to reduce EMI.


A very nice surprise, at least to me, was the front lights. A single very bright LED is coupled into a small plastic light guide, which directs the light to all three front lenses on each side, a really nice touch. Even better is the fact that despite this assembly, there is little or actually no bleeding of lights around the fixtures. The car also has nice bright red rear lights.


Usual preparation for the car included:

  • Lubed the gearing with PTFE grease
    • Lubed both front and rear axles and motor shaft with one drop of racing oil
    • Glued the motor in place using hot glue
    • Glued the bushings in place using a drop of CA glue

The rear tires were slightly sanded to get them in round and the car was taken to the track. Being small and light, it was very nimble on the track and surprisingly fast for the stock SCX motor.