- The little hatch
- A full do-over
1. The little hatch
Little compact cars have always had a certain fascination around them. They were the pattern upon new generations were built, they were the starter cars for young people and the cradle of many great memories. If I recall correctly, I owned one, a grey, 2-door, SEAT Ibiza, around 17 years ago. Oh, the fun times we had…
After strolling down memory lane, on a more serious note, SEAT has always took much pride in its Ibiza line-up, and for good reason. The supermini is SEAT’s best selling car of all times, with more than 5.100.000 units sold to this day. Since 1984, teenagers and young people all over the world enjoyed the small Spanish hatchback. And that’s some cool data, consolidating quite an impressive resume for a little, affordable car.
Although not the first choice for a project, the Ibiza has its perks. It’s reliable, it’s developed on VW platforms, so you can use multiple parts from various other models. Apart from being highly customizable, it has a fresh look, and some of the older generations remained timeless pieces in youth car culture. Not to mention the motorsport involvement, where the Ibiza was present since 1985.
2. A full do-over
The featured model that we had for this feature is a more modern-day SEAT, well-dressed in a very special Chestnut Brown paint, with golden accents. The sporty lines of the car are quite well highlighted by this color, while the added elements gain more exposure, so the overall coating of the car has been thought out to enhance the bigger picture of this project.
For the wheels, nothing too big, just some clean BBS RTR 17", 7.5/35 that compliment the whole car image. Other elements include a rear Cupra bumper, a loud and healthy Pilot Performance exhaust, a Cupra rear wing, a front lip produced by Maxton Design, an independent airride from AFS, while the interior “borrowed” some fancy Scirocco sport seats.
It’s always a rush when we get invited to do a car feature, especially one that reminds us of our past, of how we got into this world, of where it all started for some. So the little nimble, well-done Ibiza was a lovely surprise and that color, phew, that’s pure eye-candy to all those who pass it by. Trying not to get personal with the cars that we shoot and write about is something very difficult, as all of them are unique in their own way, and each and every one has a beautiful story behind it. This was also one of those vehicles, and I’m quite fortunate to have been given the opportunity to write about it.
Upon shaking hands with the owner, who, by the way, is a well-respected member of one of the biggest clubs in the national scene here in Romania, we agreed that, should the project take a different turn, and the changes would require a new feature on our website, that I would be the one called upon to cover it. And believe me, I would do it in a heartbeat. Until then, as they say on the white island, Adios Eivissa!
Written by Mihai Dumitrescu / Instagram
Photographed by Anna Dumitrescu / Instagram