Abarth began in business, like so many other motoring concerns in post-war Italy, modifying small capacity cars from Fiat. When the latter introduced the Nuova 500, and then the 600, Abarth suddenly had a mass produced basis on which to build giant-killing racing cars. This sealed Abarth’s future and his firm went from strength to strength, going on to win more races than any other manufacturer; some 7,000 in total, in addition to 5 world and 113 international speed records. In all categories contested, Abarth was virtually unbeatable, even by larger engine race cars and the firm won six successive World Manufacturers Championship titles in the mid-1960’s, along with the European Mountain Climb Championship and numerous other titles. It is no surprise then to learn that Carlo Abarth was nicknamed ‘The Wizard’ or ‘The Sorcerer’!
This authentic 850TC Tribute was built to a high standard over a 3 year period from a rust-free “suicide-door” shell which was located in Portugal, supplied with a Fiat Classiche Certificate to confirm the build date and chassis numbers.
The Fiat was fitted with a later 900cc engine which was balanced and rebuilt with new pistons, an Abarth camshaft, the correct Weber 36DCD carburettor and an alloy sump. A rare five-speed road specification gearbox was fitted with new driveshafts, the suspension overhauled with Abarth springs and Spax shock absorbers, and the brakes upgraded to disc brakes to the front. Period Campagnolo wheels are in place as are period bucket seats, a new wiring loom and replacement lighting system.
With only 20 miles having been covered since the build, this is a really well sorted and hugely enjoyable weekend car for the road or track – a must see!