1980 - 1986
The Seat Panda was a three-door small car , designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and produced by this firm under license from Fiat which corresponded in construction and partly in the motorization of the Italian sister model Fiat Panda of the first series.The Spanish company also designed a van version, the SEAT Trans , which would later be renamed SEAT Terra .
In 1979, Fiat and Seat had agreed on the production of another joint model, but already at the launch in the summer of 1980, the new Seat Panda, the Italians announced the cooperation agreement and subsequently demanded for the then in production gone model of Italian construction high royalties.
The Seat Panda 45 had, like its Italian counterpart, the 903 cc engine of the Seat 127 , which was reduced in power to 40 hp / 29 kW. In addition, the Spaniards still offered the Seat Panda 35 , which was equipped with the 843 cc engine of the Seat 133 . He developed 34 hp / 25 kW. The Panda 30 from Italian production with the two-cylinder engine of the Fiat 126 was not adopted.
As a Spanish specialty made a Seat Panda Furgoneta Comercial , the rear side windows were left. The rear seat was missing, as with the corresponding model of the Seat 600 , so that the vehicle could be used as a small delivery van.
1983 brought as a first step away from Fiat and the VW group, which had taken the lead in Barcelona, the special models Seat Panda Marbella , Seat Panda Montana and Seat Panda Bavaria with better equipment and a facelift out.
In 1985, the Seat Trans was launched for the Furgoneta Comercial , a panda with rear closed or glazed box body.In autumn 1985, the successor models Seat Marbella and Terra were presented. The revision of the chassis of the Fiat Panda was not taken over in these.
In 1980 Fiat introduced the Panda and SEAT started the production of the model in 1980, launching it commercially with the motto " SEAT Panda, friend for everything" , although they had already manufactured and put on sale limited units of 35 with 32 motorizations, 5 cv in 1979.
SEAT finally offered it in two finishes: Panda 35 and Panda 45 , which were characterized, respectively, by the engine of 843 cc suitable for the consumption of "normal" gasoline, and originally from the SEAT / Fiat 850 the first, and by the spirited 903 cc of the SEAT / Fiat 127 , together with a more complete overall finish the second.
The additional equipment of the Panda 45 with respect to the Panda 35 included colored glass, heated rear window with lava / rear wiper, rear side windows open to the compass, reclining seats with headrest and dashboard all upholstered in fabric instead of plastic, and a tray on the trunk.
Later came the Seat Panda 40 , with the mechanics of 903 cc low compression to allow the use of low octane gasoline, and the Panda 45 Marbella, the most elaborate and luxurious version of the model. The so-called Panda Mountain also coexisted with the latter. The Panda Mountain was similar to the Panda 45, but with certain additions of style "all terrain": oversized tires and suitable for off-road driving, protective bars in the bumpers and a plastic luggage rack on the roof. Other models were the Panda Terra, a pick-up version with a canvas roof, as well as a version with a sunroof.
The three engines of 32.5, 42 and 45 HP allowed a superior performance to most cars of similar displacement, making it exceed the Panda 140 km / h with minimum consumption; circumstances both that were not extraneous to his reduced weight, of 680 kg.
After the break between SEAT and Fiat , the Spanish brand had to rename and make a small redesign of their cars to differentiate them from those produced by the Italian parent company. After a slight resurfacing, the SEAT Panda was renamed SEAT Marbella and the van derived from it, the SEAT Trans, became the SEAT Terra .
The Panda, thanks to its versatility, evolved in several variants, such as the aforementioned Trans van, the Emelba Chato cargo van (the model's luxurious version), the SEAT Panda Marbella or others of limited diffusion, such as the pick-up versions and five doors also made by the Catalan bodybuilder Emelba .
- Commercial : (1980) Version prepared for the commercial industry, with the rear windows covered and without rear seats, since the gap is unified with the trunk.
- Bavaria : (1980) was a basic version on the panda 35, with vinyls of the version on the sides.
- Mountain : (1982) It was a version prepared to travel on the roads. It had a roof rack and front and rear protections.
- Special series Black, Yellow and Red : (1982) editions made on the panda 40, as it indicates the name is a special series that according to the color of the body was called as this one in English, with a special decoration. There were only three versions: Black was the black which had a golden vinyl in the form of a box to the redodero of the entire side with the word black inside the rear wing and rims in gold. Yellow that was yellow, the set had a double side line with black stripes and yellow letters underneath it on the rear flap, the rims were the same as the normal 40 panda. Red, it was red and the set included a black line surrounded by a golden line and the word Red within it. in 1984, a redistribution came to be calledBlack 2, Yellow 2 and Red 2 decorated with other vinyls.
- Practicable : (1983) It was the version with the canvas roof.
- Marbella: (1983) was conceived as the most equipped version of the SEAT Panda. It used the same body as the conventional Panda, on the finish 45 with some modifications. Externally it differs in that it incorporated a different calender, with a lattice of black plastic and the circular logo of the sports SEAT of the time in the first units, passing to the "S" in later vehicles; fog lamps, wheel arch flares, 4.5 "throat tires with low profile tires (145/70 SR 13) and fitted with specific hubcaps, and optionally, metallic paint, as well as some vinyls with the inscription of the version, in the rear area of both sides, inside it had a different dashboard, I had a more complete instrumentation with digital supplementary time clock and rev counter on the screen. It also incorporated seats of different conception, more comfortable and with a specific upholstery in velvet; pre-installation of radio with antenna, and optionally, five-speed gearbox.
- Moved : (1983) was mounted under the finish 40. Aesthetically as usual, in the vintage versions incorporated specific vinyls of the version, accompanied by some lateral lines.
- Terra : (1983) It was like a pick up version but with rear seats that incorporated the roof and the boot of canvas. It had the same calender of the Panda-Marbella.
- Sprint : (1985) It was similar to the Panda-Marbella including its grille specific to this version, but with more basic equipment, without fog lights and it also differed on the outside in that it was included a red sideline with the word Sprint at the end.
- Abarth : (1981) This version was a preparation of Abarth that was included for SEAT. The motorization gained a power of 60cv.
The SEAT Trans is a small van that was designed by SEAT using the chassis, engines and the front of the SEAT Panda.Its price was very competitive for the time, placing it among the cheapest vans in the market.Its lightness (790 kg) and large load capacity (2450) made it quite successful among small and medium-sized merchants, also forming fleets of the Trans in different companies such as Kas or Telefonica .As the SEAT Panda evolved, slight adjustments were made to the SEAT Trans, incorporating pieces and the aesthetics of the SEAT Marbella, creating the SEAT Terra .When SEAT stopped manufacturing the Trans in 1986, 82,832 units had been produced.
SEAT Panda papamobile Another derivative of the SEAT Panda was used during the trip of the Pope Juan Pablo II to Spain, in 1982 , varying the back part for use of the pontiff.
Emelba Chato The Emelba Chato is a freight car based on the SEAT Panda, which was carried out by the Spanish car body company Emelba . It was presented at the 1982 Expomóvil Show, and its production began the following year. Some Chato were used as taxis and ambulances, and even the police used some units.
This van itself was nothing more than a craft, in which the SEAT Panda was increased in height, a new hood was placed, the driving position was moved (being much more forced and uncomfortable), and one or two were installed sliding doors to each side of the Panda and a tailgate.
The result of the design was arguable aesthetically (due to the already forced style of the Panda), but it was practical, since the load capacity was very wide for a car of such characteristics. The foldable two-leaf tailgate made it easy to load bulky items, and was even approved for 6 people. 10 You could also fold the rear seats, to turn it into a van. The spare wheel was housed in a trapdoor inside.
In addition to the basic version, with a sliding door, two more versions were made: one with two sliding doors and another in pickup version . In principle they were sold exclusively with two shades of paint; white or red, although some units were also offered in blue. After the relationship between SEAT and Fiat ended , Emelba modified Chato's design, creating the Emelba 903. All of these vans had a very limited diffusion, as did almost all of Emelba's projects.
Emelba 903 The Emelba 903 was a modernization of the Chato after the breakup of SEAT and Fiat , also to make it more pleasing to the eye. It was presented in March 1985 . Some differences with the Chato are that the 903 is built on the basis of the SEAT Trans van, has more power, no longer has the folding tailgate and double sliding door as standard, it has a new grille, new bumpers and some plastic flaps in the steps of wheels. Its commercialization was very scarce, since shortly after its presentation Emelba went bankrupt.
Emelba Pandita The Emelba Pandita was a pick-up and at the same time convertible version of the SEAT Panda. It was presented at the Barcelona Motor Show in 1982 . It had a certain resemblance to the SEAT Panda Terra, but it was not the same vehicle. They differed because in the Panda Terra only the back part was descapotó, and had like some vinyl linings and lacked that small plate door so characteristic of the Emelba. There was also a version with four-wheel drive , which was made in collaboration with Juncosa , capable of overcoming 55% slopes.
Emelba Elba five doors
It was presented in October 1983 at the SONIMAG show in Barcelona . It was the same length as a normal Panda, and it even retained the same situation as the gasoline filler neck. Its front doors were shorter than those of the Panda three doors. They had shortened, and the central pillar was relocated to mount the rear doors. The rear windows only went down halfway. It is supposed to be a unique prototype, but in this there is no unanimity among the various sources. There are rumors that a group of bricklayers mounted on the Elbe were seen in the Barcelona area. Surely it was not commercialized due to problems that Emelba had with Fiat. Fiat had also developed a five-door Fiat that also failed to hit the streets.
SEAT Panda Diesel
It was a 1984 project, in which a Daihatsu diesel engine was going to be mounted . Outwardly it was identical to the normal SEAT Panda.
Engines: Gasoline engines : 0.8-0.9 liters (25-29 kW)
Drive: Transverse front engine, front wheel drive
Length: 3475 mm
Width: 1510 mm
Height: 1400 mm
Wheelbase: 2160 mm
Curb weight : 722-750 kg
Built : 463,418