Estevão is in love with his Brava, that goes with him on all his trips around the country
Jesiel Moisés also goes on constant journeys with his Brava. "I go from Ouro Branco to Santos (SP) often with my Brava. In addition to its robustness, I love it for its high level of comfort and good performance," he says.
If the original Brava's draws attention wherever it goes, imagine then with a customized look! "Mine is equipped with wheels from the Marea 2.4 and it’s praised a lot", says Moisés. Estêvão Rodrigues put the Fiat Stilo wheels in his, as well as disc brakes in the rear and original sunroof. "When I installed the sunroof, I had the whole car painted. I spent quite a bit of money, but it was worth every penny."
Fiat Brava was marketed in several countries, including Japan, where it was renamed Bravissima, as there was already another model named Brava there. In Brazil, 43,000 units were produced at the Fiat Automotive Plant in Betim (MG), until 2003, when it paved the way for the Stilo - which was followed by Bravo and, currently, by Argo.
For its admirers, however, no successor has managed to take on Brava's charisma. "Argo forgive me, but Brava is a car that awakens an incomparable passion," says Fábio Rangel. "I don't have mine anymore, but every time I see one on the street, my hand even itches, so much is the urge to buy another one", he admits.
For the president of clube do Brava and Marea, there is no car in Brazil with a design as peculiar as fiat Brava. "Today, most cars are very similar to each other. Brava has a unique design and I'm sure I'll have the same opinion ten years from now", bets Rodrigues, who doesn't even plan to sell his own. His only regret is that he hasn’t been able buy another one, yet. "I really wanted a particular model. It was a friend's Brava, equipped with a 2.4 engine, extremely strong in low rotations. It was flawless, but he wouldn't sell it. I took it for a ride, and my back stuck to the seat after accelerating. Who knows maybe in the future...".
Words: Leandro Alvares
Pictures: Marketing FCA / Personal Collections