The Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) will on Saturday, 5 September, at 11 a.m., be the venue for a rally of the Spanish Seat 1200 Sport Club. The participants in the gathering will be parking around twenty representatives of this emblematic model of the Seat marque on the Rambla d'Egara alongside the Museum, and will be visiting the "mNACTEC Transport" section, featuring an exhibition of the template for the Seat 1200 Sport, manufactured from resin in 1973, along with a definitive vehicle in 1979.
Accompanied by the engineer Antoni Amat, team leader at the Terrassa company INDUCAR S.C., who designed and manufactured the bodywork of the Seat 1200 Sport, the club members will also be able to look at the design plans and development of the vehicle, held at the Museum Documentation Centre.
The mNACTEC preserves in its collection three exhibits illustrating the complete process behind the creation of the car: the original model, a prototype made entirely from solid plaster in 1972; the template manufactured in 1973 from epoxy resin on a steel structure, to produce the different parts of the body work, and a definitive vehicle produced in 1979. Both the plans and the three parts held at the Museum are on loan from the company INDUCAR S.C.
Founded in 1991, the Spanish Seat 1200 Sport Club has the aim of preserving and restoring this automobile model. The gathering at the mNACTEC marks the 40th anniversary of the vehicle's manufacturer.
The Seat 1200 Sport
The Seeks 1200 was a project developed in the 1970s by the Terrassa-based bodywork company INDUCAR S.C., based on the popular Seat 127. It was the perfect time for the Spanish market to accommodate a more sporty type of car, which nonetheless still offered utilitarian practicality.
The bodywork was created through collaboration between the Terrassa-based engineer Antoni Amat and the Italian stylist Aldo Sessano.
The mechanics, derived from the 127 itself, were handled by the Seat Technical Centre in Martorell. This project sowed the seeds of what would later become the Seat 1200 model. The engine was originally a 1200 cc, which was upgraded to 1430 cc in a second version.
The result was highly innovative, and made a real impact in the marketplace. Over the years it has become a classic car, popularly known as the "bocanegra", or "blackmouth".
The car was homologated by Fiat itself to be sold at its European dealerships, with a total of 19,341 units being manufactured.