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.
With their Fiat 500-based 595, Abarth adopted the most cost-effective method of coaxing greater power from a small engine: a new big-bore cylinder block boosted the former 499cc air-cooled twin to 593cc. Higher-compression pistons, re-worked inlet ports, a special camshaft and exhaust system, and a larger carburettor, helped raise power from 22 to 30bhp, though the biggest gain was in mid-range torque. Abarth’s conversion halved the standard car’s acceleration times and endowed the 595 with a top speed of more than 75mph.
Lowered suspension and wider wheels and tyres helped the baby Fiat harness this increased performance. Those still not satisfied could opt for the 595SS (Sprint Speciale), with 34bhp on tap and top speed of 80mph. And if that wasn’t enough, there was a further stretch available, to 695cc in the form of the formidable 695SS.
When compared to the production version, it is of note that the 695 is virtually identical except for the logo, badge on the radiator grille and the coat-of-arms on both sides of the car. Like all Abarths, the key differences are found in the mechanical upgrades that pushed its top speed to over 90mph. The two cylinders were ‘siamesed’ in special cast iron, the exhaust pipes leading up to it were polished, the valve-springs were upgraded and specially designed pistons and camshafts were fitted.
This fantastic little car is supplied with a complete history, inspection reports, and photographs of the car racing in period, as well as race results from 1967 to 1980 and an FIA passport. The car has campaigned in many competitions and rallies as is evidenced by the history file, and is described as being in very good condition throughout, not only for exhibitions but also for a few laps on your favourite circuit or on any number of the hill climbs and rallies for which this car is eligible.
The car is finished in white with a black interior and with a stripped out interior with bucket seat and fitted with a roll cage; with front and rear towing eye, this little Abarth means business. Fantastic and terrific fun to drive, don’t lose the opportunity to buy this pocket rocket.
Dieses fantastische kleine Auto wird mit einer ausführlichen Akte samt kompletter Historie, Inspektionsberichten, Fotos, Rennresultate von 1967-1980, und FIA Pass. Wie man der Akte entnehmen kann, hat das Auto an vielen Wettbewerben und Rally´s teilgenommen, ist aber nach wie vor in einem sehr guten Zustand, nicht nur zu Ausstellungszwecken, sondern auch um einige Runden auf ihrer Lieblingsstrecke zu fahren. Es ist in einem schönen Weiß mit schwarzem Interieur gefertigt, hat Schalensitze und ist mit einem Überrollkäfig und Vorder-/Hinter-Abschleppöse ausgerüstet. Diesen kleinen Abarth zu fahren bereitet große Freude. Verpassen sie die Gelegenheit nicht, diesen Flitzer zu ersteigern.