Spanish automaker SEAT is moving away from the traditional automotive sector to take on a new role within its parent company, the Volkswagen Group. But in the 1980s, the brand was making some really cool cars. This Ibiza is a perfect example, using Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign design and an engine developed with help from Porsche. The one you see here has been parked in an abandoned barn in Hungary for at least 10 years. But with a little work, it was able to work again.
Robery Petyko, who runs the Old Skull Garage YouTube channel, said Engine1 that a friend informed him of this hidden Ibiza from 1991. The sedan has been in the same Hungarian city for over 20 years. “The lady who used it last is a teacher who only used it for local errands,” he said. When she bought a new car, friends let her park this old SEAT in their barn. It was only in this video that the little sedan left the barn for the first time.
The first generation Ibiza debuted in 1984, before VW took over SEAT in 1986. Giugiaro based the design on his rejected proposal for the second generation VW Golf. The aesthetic included a large greenhouse that brought plenty of light into the cabin. Three- and five-door variants were available.
Porsche helped design the 1.2, 1.5 and 1.7 liter four-cylinder engines available in the Ibiza. SEAT wanted to tout its relationship with the famous German brand, so the company agreed to pay a fee to prominently display “Porsche System” on the cylinder head.
The Ibiza was a huge success for SEAT. The company sold 1,342,001 between 1984 and 1993. Then, a Chinese automaker sold a version for that market from 1999 to 2008.
The one in this video has the 1.5 liter engine. After checking the condition of the spark plugs and oil, Robert pours some gasoline into the carburetor to see if the powertrain is working. It starts immediately but only idles for a moment. At first the fuel pump doesn’t work, but Petyko eventually gets it started.
Petyko told us that the original owner’s son took ownership of Ibiza after this video was filmed. The plan is to get the car roadworthy again. With old cars disappearing from the road every day, we’re happy to hear that a classic is making a comeback in the spotlight.
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