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’!
Raced in Europe during the 80’s, this unique one off, all metal bodied classic comes with a reworked Fiat 132 twin cam 1756cc engine in the back coupled to the Fiat’s transaxle gearbox. With genuine Abarths fetching up to £45,000 this is a unique chance to own a striking, useable replica at a fraction of the cost. A front mounted radiator keeps things cool while a sprint intake manifold alongside a custom made tubular exhaust system provides an amazing sound. Uprated rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, lowered suspension and 13×8 Compomotive wheels with semi slick tyres make it handle as good as it looks! The fuel filler cap has been relocated to allow easy re-fuelling. Inside, the driver is treated to a Corbeau GT8 bucket seat with harness and full roll cage. There is even a fire extinguisher plumbed into the cabin and engine bay, plus a battery cut off switch accessible from outside the vehicle. This recreation is fully UK registered and road legal, ready to be used on road or track. The full specification is too detailed to be included here in its entirety.