Lot 118 - c.1970 Fiat 500 to Abarth specification – 71km since full restoration

The Property of a Gentleman

£7,500

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2016

Lot Details

Lot Number 118
Reg. Number TBA
Chassis Number TBA
Year 1970
Make Fiat
Model 500

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After leaving Cisitalia in 1948, Austrian-born engineer Carlo Abarth set up as an independent in Turin, the home of the Italian auto industry. From producing induction and exhaust systems, Abarth branched out to performance kits, mainly for Fiat production cars. He later built a series of highly successful sports prototypes and limited-series production cars, many of which were produced in conjunction with Carrozzeria Zagato. An innovative concern with a sporting pedigree second to none, Abarth was taken over by Fiat in 1972.

This brilliant little Fiat 500 enjoyed a huge amount of restoration and development work at the hands of legendary race tuner and restorer, Luigi Moreschi  of Lombardy. The car was stripped back to a shell and rebuilt from scratch, with attention given to all areas. During the restoration a number of upgrades were performed; the engine was upgraded to Abarth specification, the suspension was lowered and stiffened, new driveshafts and a new exhaust system fitted. The interior was treated to new racing seats, and a new three spoke steering wheel fitted, as were correct Abarth wheels all round.

Since being completed for a renowned collector and racer, a mere 71kms have been recorded. A great car for club event, sprints, or merely just to jump in and drive as fast as possible!


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