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Helmut Feierabend just had to have the car – and Hubertus Wolf just had to keep it. It now became clear that the enthusiasm of the master metalsmith Feierabend was anything put a passing fad. For a whole year he pushed the owner to sell, haggling and negotiating over and over again – to no avail. Why the student finally gave in to the pressure is a matter of conjecture. Did he realise that his sticking-plaster repair was not a permanent solution? Did he need the money? Did he eventually succumb to the powers of persuasion of Helmut Feierabend? Did he really intend to move abroad, as he claimed? The new purchase is temporarily reassembled and collected from the proud owner. Whatever the answer: one fine day Hubertus Wolf was willing to sell his Balilla – for the princely sum of 400 marks. In an era when the average monthly wage was around 300 marks, that was a lot of money for an old And eventually completely car and a pile of junk. Because the Balilla was noth- “restored” after years of work. ing more than this. There was no general interest in classic cars in those days – rather than being objects of desire, most vintage cars were still seen as only fit for the scrap heap. But not by Helmut Feierabend. Now that the Balilla was finally for sale, he wanted to have it. What he did not have, however, was the required 400 marks. But he had his wife Inge, who shared his enthusiasm and The delighted owners of the Fiat Balilla: Helmut and Inge Feierabend on an outing in 1962. – 6 –


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